When you have a leak in your ceiling, it's important to determine where the leak is coming from. Sometimes the leak can be from a pipe within your home, while other times the flashing on your chimney may have come loose. You may also be having problems with the asphalt shingles on your roof, so it is necessary to have a professional come and inspect your home to identify the source of the water. If the water is coming from outside your home, you'll need to have a careful evaluation done of your roof to determine if it needs to be replaced or repaired. If the problem is a leaking pipe, you'll need to have the pipe repaired as soon as possible.
Identify Where the Leak is Coming From
The source of your leak can be at the opposite end of your home, as water can come in through your roof and travel along your eaves until it finds a weak spot in your ceiling. The source of the leak is usually not directly above where the leak comes into your home. It is almost impossible for an amateur to determine where the leak is coming from, and so it's important to consult a professional roof repair company to find out where the problem is. If the water is coming in from a pipe, you'll need to have a plumber come in and repair the problem.
If the leak is persistent, or gets worse and there hasn't been a storm, it is more likely that the water is coming from a busted pipe in your ceiling.
When Your Asphalt Shingles are Showing Signs of Wear
When your asphalt shingles are starting to wear down, they will become faded and can start to crack. As they get even older, the asphalt shingles can start to curl up, pulling away from the roof. If the problem is ignored, the shingles will eventually start to completely fall off of your roof. When you have a systemic problem with shingles throughout your roof, it will be necessary to have your roof replaced.
If You Have Roof Damage
When your roof is relatively new or there has been damage in one area, the rest of your roof may be fine. This means that the area can be repaired, without worrying about the rest of your roof. If you had a big storm and there was significant damage, the roofing repair can be done and the integrity of your roof will be solid once again.