When certain things happen in your home, you know exactly who to call. If a pipe bursts, for instance, it's fairly obvious you need to call a plumber. If your roof caves in, then you need to call a roofer. But some things that happen in your home may initially seem a bit more ambiguous. You may find yourself wondering who to call. Wonder no more! If these problems occur in your home, the right person to call is your roofer.
High Humidity in the Attic
Attics do tend to be warm in the summer and cool in the winter since they are not heated or air conditioned like the rest of your home. But regardless of the temperature, your home's attic space should not feel overly humid. If you get that feeling of thick, heavy air when you step into the attic, you should call a roofer. High attic humidity is usually either the result of a roof leak, or the result of a lack of roof ventilation. Both problems need to be dealt with promptly. A roof leak will likely grow larger if not addressed, and a lack of ventilation can lead to ice dam formation, moisture damage, and mold growth over time.
Dark Marks at the Tops of Walls
Have you noticed any strange, dark marks on the tops of the walls in the upper floor of your home? These spots may be streaks, or they may be blotches. They generally have a yellow or brown undertone. What you're looking at is usually moisture damage to the walls and ceilings in question. The source of the moisture is usually the roof. There may not be enough water for you to see actual, puddling water that would be obviously indicative of a roof leak, but it's enough to moisten and discolor the wall materials. A roofer can come find and fix the leak.
Are there big piles of ice forming on the edges of your roof in winter? Some homeowners just assume this is normal, but it is not. Rather, it is indicative of a problem with your roof ventilation. Your roof is probably not vented properly, which is making it get too warm, allowing snow near the peak to melt and trickle down. The water then re-freezes on the edge of the roof. Ice dams can cause all sorts of shingle damage, so it's best to have a roofer address the causes of the ice dams rather than allow them to continue to wreak havoc.
Often, the solution to problems around the home is to call a roofer. If you find yourself in any of the situations above, contact a local pro.