6 Causes of Roof Leaks During Heavy Rain

water leak dripping into bucketNo one wants to go running for a bucket every time it rains. Because spring and early summer bring heavy, windblown downpours in the South, this season is often the one when leaks become apparent. Keep an eye out for the following problem areas to avoid the need for buckets.

  • Plumbing. Where there’s plumbing, you will find a vent pipe and flashing. A plumbing setup can make some houses more vulnerable to leaks during heavy rains. Something as simple as a ventilation fan duct can allow a leak to occur.
  • Chimney. A house with a chimney is far more prone to roof leaks that one without. Rain can fall straight into the chimney itself, around the angle flashing between the chimney and roof, or through the masonry surface. Problems with roofing shingles only increase the likelihood of leaks.
  • Skylights. Skylights are another common leak source, often due to damaged or improperly installed flashing, gaps around the framing, or condensation dripping off a skylight that hasn’t been properly insulated.
  • Degraded shingles. Eventually roofing shingles will dry out and wear to the point that they can no longer keep water out. Roof leaks that happen during heavy rains may indicate the end of the shingles’ life.
  • Metal corrosion. Cracks in metal and corrosion around fasteners can create enough space for water to leak. Over time, expansion and contraction can loosen the seams in a metal roof. This wear and tear may also lead to leaks.
  • Condensation. Attics that are not properly ventilated can allow moist, hot air to collect in the attic. Another issue is condensation that collects on pipes that vent through the attic. The water then drips into attic and onto the ceiling. Heavy rainfall during temporarily warmer winter days will only make the situation worse.

Southeastern Metals™ offers dozens of products to stop water damage due to problems with flashing, skylights, metal roofing and more. For more information and to place an order, contact our Customer Service Department at (800) 874-0335. SEMCO’s distribution area includes Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.