The most common issue when dealing with snowy roofs is ice dams. Ice dams are large ridges of ice that form at the edge of a roof and prevent melting snow from running off the roof. When water can't run off the roof, it can back up on the roof, causing leaks.
Missing or broken shingles from hail and wind damage can be quickly identified, but the effects of water damage can take longer to detect. Untreated water damage and leaks can lead to mold, which can affect your home's foundation and structure.
Check for signs of water damage:
- Gutters: Check here for water buildup. If water isn't being redirected properly, it can pool next to your home and create mold and damage to the structure.
- Ceilings: Check for water spots and yellow, copper, or brown discoloration.
- Walls: Inspect for signs of cracking, peeling, or bubbling in the paint or wallpaper.
- Paint & Wallpaper: Check your attic, basement, and crawl spaces for mold or wood rot and leaks. This can reveal itself as a musty smell, which can occur as soon as 24-48 hours after a storm.
- Flooring: Look for gaps or curling floorboards, sagging wood that feels soft to the touch, or expansion in wood and laminate floors Expansion occurs when the materials become waterlogged.
- Roof: Cracked, curled, or missing shingles.
- Windows: Look for moisture buildup (e.g., fog) between glass panes.