When we see leaks we automatically think “roof leaks” but not all leaks are actually roof leaks. In fact, in most cases, the roof is not actually the cause of the leak.
So what is the cause of the leaks if it’s not the roof? Well, most likely it’s these Top 5 Causes For Leaks. Let’s dive right in!
#1 Clogged Gutters
Clogged gutters and downspouts: If your gutters and downspouts are clogged with debris, water can back up and seep into your home or business through the roof. In fact, for flat roofs, this is the number cause of leaks. Make sure to check on your gutter and make sure they are not clogged.
#2 HVAC Issues
HVAC issues: Your HVAC system can also cause leaks if there are problems with the ductwork or if the unit is not properly sealed. This is mostly an issue for commercial roofs as they tend to be flat and have heavy HVAC systems placed on their roofs.
A good rule of thumb is to have a roofing contractor inspect your roof before and after you have had any HVAC work done.
#3 Plumbing Leaks
Plumbing leaks: Leaks in your plumbing can also cause water damage to your roof. This can happen if there is a leak in the pipes or if the seal around a vent pipe is not properly sealed.
With Regularly Scheduled maintenance for your plumbing system identify and fix any potential “roof leaks” before they become a problem.
#4 Window Leaks
Window leaks: If your windows are not properly sealed or if the flashing around them is damaged, water can leak into your home or business through the roof.
Windows don’t necessarily have to be a window like this. Skylights are also windows. Unfortunately, skylights tend to trap moisture in the inside track of the skylight assembly which in turn causes leaks in your building.
#5 Attic Ventilation Problems
Attic ventilation problems: Poor attic ventilation can cause moisture buildup in your attic, which can lead to leaks in your roof. This can happen if there are not enough vents or if the vents are blocked.
You can prevent attic ventilation problems through a combination of soffit vents, gable vents, and roof vents. Also, you can insulate your attic which can help prevent moisture buildup. This is especially important in cold climates, as warm air in your home or business can condense on the cold surface of the roof deck.
Many people think that leaks in their property are caused by a problem with their roof because the roof is the first line of defense against water penetration. Additionally, a roof leak is often easier to spot than other types of leaks, as water will typically stain the ceiling or walls in a visible location. The water damage can also be more apparent in the attic space, which is often the first place people check for leaks.
Additionally, many people may not be aware of other possible causes of roof leaks in their property, such as HVAC issues, plumbing leaks, window leaks, or attic ventilation problems, and thus they may not think to look for these issues.
Finally, many people may not have the technical knowledge to identify other causes of roof leaks, so they may assume that the problem is with the roof, especially if they notice a water stain on the ceiling or wall.
When a leak presents itself inside your home or business, it’s perfectly normal to automatically assume your roof is leaking. Nonetheless, even when water is coming from the top part of your building it’s not always a roof leak. In order to properly identify a roof leak, it is important to work your way inside out and consider all point-of-entry options as you do.
Andres is the Marketing Director at Central Roofing Company. He writes about commercial roofing, cool roofs, and everything else roofing related.