Is your roof leaking when it’s not raining outside?
Are you staring up at ceiling stains and wondering what might be causing them?
A light winter snow can blow into your attic through certain type of roof vents. The long metal ridge vents often are more prone to allowing blowing snow to enter into your home, but box vents can allow snow to enter as well. After settling on your attic floor, the snow eventually melts and may appear as a ceiling statin after about a week of wintery weather.
Roofing companies like Solid Rock Roofing often get requests to fix roof leaks that aren’t actually, roof leaks. In the coldest parts of winter, the warm moist interior air of a home will collide with the cold dry air that surrounds your home resulting in changing humidity from gas into liquid. High humidity in the air increases the likelihood of this happening. You can see it as steam on the inside of windows or on a mirror in the bathroom after a shower. When this reaction happens inside of your home, uncontained water may drip into the living space of your home near a register or ceiling exhaust fan in a bathroom. Water may even appear as a stain on your ceiling that may lead you to believe that it’s a roof leak.
Anytime cold air collides with hot air and moisture is a part of the collision, condensation occurs.
In the wintertime, you may see this in your attic if your home allows the warm moist air to flow into the attic due to poor insulation or gaps in the insulation barrier above the ceiling of the living space.
One of the easiest remedies to solve this issue to turn your humidstat down. Your humidstat can typically be found on your furnace and should be able to be adjusted. Another solution is to contact a company that installs insulation and request that they come look at your home’s insulation levels.
For any questions or concerns you may have about whether the spot on your ceiling is a roof leak or not, contact the experts at Solid Rock Roofing.