A leaky roof is quite a common problem for homeowners, and can become especially troublesome in areas like South Dakota, where harsh weather conditions take a faster toll on roofing materials. Leaks can wreak havoc on the structure of a home; the best way to prevent expensive repairs is to catch problems early and promptly call a South Dakota roofing contractor. Look for these warning signs of a leak.

  1. Stains. Water marks, stains or discoloration on wood – even if dry – are a sure sign than moisture is making its way into your home.
  2. Dampness or sagging ceilings. Search for water spots and soft spots upwards, where pooling water might cause the ceiling to sag and paint to peel. Keep in mind that plumbing leaks on an upper floor can also cause ground floor ceilings to sag.
  3. Standing water. Water from a roof leak can trickle down through walls and eventually settle in your basement.
  4. Mold. Mold can only grow where there is moisture, so it’s another sure sign of a leak. Such growth can begin as little as 24 hours after a leak starts, damaging drywall and wood and causing unhealthy living conditions.

Should you discover any of these symptoms, the cause could be missing or broken shingles, loose flashing around chimneys and other roof features, ice damming or a number of other problems. For a comprehensive inspection and repairs to ensure your home doesn’t endure long-term water damage, call the experts at Waddle Exteriors at (877) 733-6400.