How to Spot Signs of a Leaking Roof and Take Action

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February 16, 2023

A leaking roof can cause significant damage to your home, including the structure and contents inside. Once water damage gets in and starts causing problems, it becomes very difficult to resolve.

This is why it’s essential to identify and fix the problem as soon as possible, which is precisely what we’re talking about today. 

Below, we’ll discuss the signs of a leaking roof and the steps you should take to address the issue as quickly and as efficiently as possible.

What are the Signs of a Leaking Roof?

There are several signs to keep your eyes open for that suggest you may leak into your roof. After all, it can be nearly impossible to see just by looking up at your roof (and it’s rarely a habit most homeowners have), nor may you have time to properly examine your loft or attic space for water damage if you have one.

  1. Stains on the Ceiling: If you notice brown or yellow stains on your ceiling, it’s likely a sign that water is seeping through your roof. This is a common indicator of a roof leak and should not be ignored.
  2. Mould or Mildew: A musty smell or the presence of mould or mildew is a clear sign of moisture in your home. To help identify the cause, mould is typically found on walls and windows and has a high profile and may be fuzzy. Mildew is generally flat and comes in green or black colours, although it can start off as white.
  3. Peeling Paint: If the paint on your walls or ceiling is peeling, it could be a sign that water is seeping through your roof and into the material of your walls, saturating it and thus causing the paint to separate from the surface.
  4. Water Damage: This is perhaps quite an obvious one, but if you notice water damage, such as discolouration or swelling, on your walls or floor, your roof is likely leaking. Also, check your furniture, such as high cabinets and shelves, for signs of dampness.
  5. Damaged or Missing Shingles: If you notice any missing or damaged shingles on your roof, it’s a clear sign that your roof requires repair. A roof shingle is simply a name for your roof tiles, which overlay and create a water-directing surface that protects the inside of your house. Miss a shingle, and you’ll find water gets in relatively quickly.

How to Fix a Leaking Roof

So, you’ve identified a leaking roof, and now you’re rushing to get it fixed as clearly as possible. Most of the time, you’ll need to clear the space in your home that’s affected by the dampness, thus reducing the damage it can cause, and then take time to follow these steps.

  1. Contact a Professional: If you suspect that your roof’s leaking, it’s important to contact a professional roofer as soon as possible. A professional can assess the damage and provide a solution to fix the problem accurately and affordably.
  2. Repair the Damage: The roofer will repair the damage to your roof as quickly as possible to prevent further damage. This may involve replacing damaged or missing shingles, fixing any leaks, or replacing the entire roof in the worst-case scenarios.
  3. Insulate: It’s important to insulate the area to prevent water from entering your home. A professional roofer will recommend the best insulation solution for your home.
  4. Maintain Your Roof: Prevention is always better than cure. Regular roof maintenance will help prevent leaks and prolong their life. This may involve cleaning your gutters, checking for any signs of damage, and having your roof regularly inspected by a professional.


A leaking roof can cause significant damage to your home, but by being vigilant and taking action as soon as you notice any signs of a problem, you can prevent further damage and ensure the safety of your home. 

If you suspect your roof’s leaking or want to check it over to ensure it’s at the quality it should be, contact us here at CJS Roofing.

Our expert team has decade’s worth of experience, allowing us to assess the damage and provide a solution as quickly as possible. 

Reach out to us today. By taking care of your roof, you can ensure it lasts many years, keeping you, your family, and your belongings safe.