A roof leak is the last thing you want in your home. No homeowner fancies running around with a bucket each time it rains. More often, even a tiny drip symbolizes a more significant roofing issue which could mean an investment of money and time. If you notice a roof leak near your gutter system, it could be as a result of the following roofing issues:
You Have Ice Dam
An ice dam is an ice ridge which forms along the roof’s edge and obstructs water from flowing off the roof. Typically, the added weight of the ice can cause damage to your roof. Moreover, the water sitting on the roof’s surface can slowly degrade your roofing material and result in leaks.
Ice dams usually form when the heat from the attic is above freezing. This causes some snowfall on your roof to melt, regardless of the cold temperatures outside. The water will then run between your roof’s surface and freeze into ice upon reaching the roof’s exterior edge. Over time, an ice dam will cause melting ice or water to back up your roofing system and force itself underneath the shingles, causing roof leaks near the gutters.
Your Gutters Are Clogged
If your gutters are clogged, you may be able to see the leaves sticking out when you look up onto the roof. If not, you should notice no water trickles out of your downspout during a rainstorm.
Your gutters are designed to help water flow away from your roof. When there is blockage or clog in your gutter system, the flow will stop. As a result, rainwater will pool in one area of your roof, gaining an opportunity to seep through cracks. It’s always essential to schedule periodic gutter inspections and cleaning at least twice every year to prevent leaks, clogging, and overflowing.
Call Your Roofer As Soon As Possible
Whether you can identify the leak’s location or not, it’s best to call your roofer to conduct a thorough inspection of your roof. This will help to unearth problems you would otherwise ignore. Early detection and repair can significantly prolong the life of your roof and save you money. Titan Siding and Roofing in the Greater Cincinnati area can help with roofing and gutter repair and replacement services. Contact us today for a free estimate!