You head downstairs into the basement, which should be a nice, dry extension of your home, and once again, you discover moisture. Moisture problems tend to plague basements, especially those that are older. However, sometimes there is more at play than just the old basement walls leaking. In fact, it is not uncommon for problems up on the roof to create issues with a damp or water-filled basement. Check out this short list of problems that can come about with your basement that are directly caused by something about the roof and its components.
1. Your poorly functioning gutters could be routing water to the wrong places.
Most homeowners have no idea that if their gutters are in bad shape, it can cause problems with water seeping into their basement. The gutters have a responsibility to route water away from the roof, away from the house, and outward to a safe deposit location. If the water is spilling out of the gutters, all that excess drainage could be seeping down into the ground and through the walls of your basement. Likewise, if the gutters are clogged, the water could be spilling over the walls of the house and making its way inside through the joints between the foundation and the frame of the house.
2. Your chimney could be causing leakage problems.
The chimney should be installed and maintained in a way that prevents water from leaking down into the house in any way or fashion. However, if your roof does not properly connect to the perimeter of the chimney, water can drain in here. If there is metal flashing missing or no sealer between the chimney and shingles or panels, water can also slip through. The moisture will often leak down the inside of walls and into the basement.
3. Your roof's missing shingles or damages could be to blame.
Water is naturally going to continue flowing downward until it reaches a resting destination because of gravity. Therefore, if you have issues with the roofing shingles on your home, or you have pieces of your roof that are damaged or missing, it is only natural that you could see some moisture accumulation down in the basement. Water will slip through the roof and gradually make its way downstairs. It's not uncommon for homeowners to falsely blame the basement walls for problems with moisture when they should actually be having their roof inspected for problems.
For more information, contact a company like Liberty Exteriors LLC.