Have you been hearing a constant dripping sound or smelling unpleasant, musty odor in your attic? Or have you been  noticing wet spots on your attic ceiling? This wetness can occur due to several reasons other than a roof pipe burst. Here are some serious reasons of attic leaks.

Clogged Roof Gutters
Leaves and debris clog  the roof gutters and obstruct the path of water. Melting snow and rain water get accumulated on the attic roof and produce leaks inside the attic. The accumulated water can seep into the ceiling if you have cracked, broken, or loosely connected flashing and/or shingles.

Damaged Flashing
Flashings are thin metal plate barriers that prevent water from entering the attic
ceiling. These sheets are generally placed under the shingles, concealed with a rubberized coat, or simply exposed to the sky. Loosely sealed or a broken flashing can cause the attic ceiling to leak.

Broken Shingles
The impact of weather can break the roof shingles or displace them from their position. Heavy winds, snow, and rain can take a toll on the old or even the newly installed shingles. Shingles protect the ceiling by allowing the water to flow down from the shingles. Hence, damaged shingles result in attic leaks. Broken or missing shingles can be identified easily as they are located on the exterior part of the attic roof.

Steam in Attic
The central heating tanks and hot water tanks are often placed in the attic. The outlets of these tanks produce heat and steam regularly. The hot air gets trapped inside the attic area if there is an improper ventilation. The steam in the attic then condenses and produces moisture that is enough to make the attic wet.

Loose Roof Valley Joints
Roof valleys are the V-points where two planes of the roof are connected. These planes are generally sealed together with flashings. Improperly done sealing or broken, cracked, or aging flashing can result in leaks inside the attic. Hence, sealing the planes of roof valley is most important.

Improper Fixtures
Skylights, roof vents, chimneys, and other roof fixtures are sealed with flashing or sealing and an insulating material. A damaged, cracked, decayed, or depleting sealing can create a path for water to seep in. Holes in the chimney outlet and roof vent can also cause leaks.

Ice Dam Buildups
Ice dams are accumulated ice on the edge of the roof. This snow prevents the flow and draining of water on the roof. The weight of ice dams along with accumulated water can damage the attic plumbing system and roof.

Even if you have a stylish and perfect roof with high-quality materials, timely damage is unavoidable. Nobody wants to run around, keeping buckets under the leaking spots in the attic caused due to these damages. Get in touch with our Edmonton professional plumbers for regular roof and plumbing maintenance tips to keep your attic away from leaks.

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