Spotting missing shingles on your roof or finding shingles below on the ground is one sign you might have aleaking roof. The area of the missing shingles–easily spotted because the difference in color in certain spots on your roof–can guide you to the spot on your ceiling that might have the beginnings of a leak. Another sign of a roof leak is having gutters that are clogged. Two ways to quickly spot this are seeing leaves sticking up out of the gutter or noticing that the downspouts are not freely releasing water–or releasing it at all!
Rain can come down into your chimney if your chimney cover has fallen or blown away, or wasn’t installed in the first place. A chimney cover is important not only to avoid water leaking around the chimney, but it prevents debris and small animals from getting in as well. If the cover (aka, crown), is cracked, it might take a little longer, but the rain will get in this way too. Leaking bricks can also bring water into your house.
Flashing, the thin metal underneath your shingles, can crack, and when this happens close by the chimney area of the roof, it might be hard to figure out whether the leak is coming from the roof or the chimney.
No matter where the leak is coming from, it’s important to get it fixed right away. Letting the problem go too long can not only cause problems with your roof or chimney, but the problem can also spread to the walls and even cause damage to your floors. Even furniture and appliances can share in the damage originating from one small leak that goes unrepaired.