Typically, homeowners think that a leak in the winter means they need to wait until spring to get rid of the leak. Thankfully, that isn’t necessarily true!

First, identify where the source of the leak is coming from. There’s a possibility that the issue may not originate in the exterior of your home. It could be coming from a cracked, frozen or loosened pipe from inside your home. If you find that this is the case, a solution of patching or replacing the pipe is all you would need to do to eliminate any moisture. In some cases, it may not be a faulty pipe that is causing the leak. Your heating or cooling system in your attic could be leaking causing water to drip into your home. If this is the case, you would need to contact an HVAC expert.

While the reasons mentioned above are all possibilities, it may also be coming from the outside of your home. One of the most common leaks in the winter comes from ice dams. Gradually, the ice will move under the shingles and soffits, the dam will melt and the water will make its way into your home.

Another way water can make its way into your home is where metal flashing was installed. This could be around pipes, walls, chimneys, roof vents or vent boots. The flashing can break, rust, blow off or be pried off by ice dams.

If you suspect that the leak could be from a broken, missing or cracked shingle, then you’ll want to have it fixed or replaced. Unless you have experience, you should always hire a professional that can repair your roof. For roofing services, contact JnR Gutters, Inc. at 978-372-4088 or fill out our contact form for a free estimate.