Winter can bring about a slew of problems for the home, one of which is leaks. Freezing temperatures outside can cause things inside and outside the home to freeze, condense and produce moisture that could damage home components. Here are some of the primary causes of leaks inside the home during winter:
Ice Dams- Poorly-insulated homes are likely to produce ice dams which, if left unattended and not removed by certified roofers, can cause a lot of problems. These ice dams can cause water to leak through the shingles when the ice melts during the day.
Condensation in the Exhaust Vent- Some winter roof leaks really aren’t leaks at all, but rather products of the accumulation of frost inside an exhaust vent. The most common vents to have this type of problem are bath vent ducts traveling through an unheated attic.
Frost or Condensation in the Attic- Attics, when properly insulated, don’t allow outside moisture to leak in. Poorly-insulated attics, on the other hand, are vulnerable to condensation which, when present, can turn into attic frost. This problem can cause a lot of damage to the roof decking, which might require an emergency roof repair if left alone for too long.
Plumbing Leaks- Other leaks that aren’t really roof leaks are those related to plumbing. The most common plumbing-related leaks reported during winter are those associated with or connected to faulty caulking, failing shower pans, overflowed tubs and more.
These problems, despite being reported most often during winter, can happen at any time throughout the year. Homeowners who don’t know this, however, tend to think of these leaks as having been caused by ice dams, among other things. Ultimately, winter roof leaks can be prevented with adequate maintenance. Our pros at Arrowhead Roofing can provide you with excellent roof maintenance services you can rely on. Call us at (918) 743-9257 or fill out our contact form for a free estimate.