How to Spot Roof Water Damage

Water damage on roof

Everyone counts on their roof to be in good working condition. Often we won’t know something is wrong until it’s too late. We want to help you spot water damage on your roof before it gets too expensive!

The Warning Signs


Water spots are a sure sign of a leak in your home. If you spot them on your ceiling, water may be coming in from the roof. Oftentimes the source of the leak can be hard to locate, but you need to investigate right away so you can fix that leak before it causes more serious damage.


It’s difficult to inspect your roof. It can be dangerous to use a ladder to get a closer look and you might not have a great view from the ground. However, one simple way you can monitor the health of your roof is through the state of your gutters. It’s common for shingles to break off into small fragments when damaged or eroded. If you’re noticing these in your gutters, it’s a bad sign for your roof as a whole!


Your roof likely has key reinforcements called flashing to guide water off it and to the ground. These are installed in the groves where slopes meet on your roof because this is where water will collect and flow during a storm. When these aren’t working properly, your roof is much more likely to sustain water damage. Due to this, bad flashing can cause all the other problems we mentioned. However, if you know where to look you can see if the flashing looks problematic. Check for rust or corrosion as well as cracks or dents in the flashing. This should be repaired before water damage occurs.

While you can do your best to prepare, water damage is sometimes inevitable. It affects thousands of homes every single year. If you are impacted by water damage in your home, call AWR Restoration & Cleaning at (206) 823-2252 or fill out an online contact form, and we’ll take care of it for you.

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