In Minnesota, you will likely encounter many severe storms. Thus, you can’t neglect to maintain every aspect of your roof. While damage to other parts of your roof may be apparent, damage to your roof ventilation systems may not be so obvious. For help assessing roof damage, call Elite Remodeling Services at (952) 646-2480.
Types of roof vents
Your roof vents allow air and gas to flow in and out of your home. They all have distinct and important functions to keep you and your home safe. The types of roof vents include:
- The plumbing-stack vent
This vent is connected to your drainpipes. It provides additional airflow to ensure that your plumbing drains properly. It also channels sewer gas outside of your home.
- The exhaust-fan vent
The exhaust vents are vents you can turn on in your bathrooms and above your stovetop. Their role is to remove moist air so that mold and mildew cannot form.
- Attic vents
Similar to exhaust vents, the vents in your attic exist to release hot air and moisture. These attic vents prevent mold, rot, and potential water damage.
- Combustion vents
If you have a fireplace, furnace, or boiler, you may have combustion vents. These aid in the removal of toxic air from your home after you burn fuel.
Signs of storm damage
You should make a habit of checking your roof after big storms. If left unchecked, minor damage could result in significant problems. If your roof has any of the following signs of storm damage, you may need to check your vents:
- Missing, cracked, or dented shingles
- Granules of asphalt in your drains
- Tree debris on your roof
You can’t always tell that your vents have storm damage. This is why routine inspections are necessary. Vents can become blocked, unsealed, disconnected from their pipe or duct, or compressed. If you see your vents leaking, that is a sure sign that something is wrong.
Remember, if you are inspecting your roof yourself, put your safety first. Roofs can be slippery and unpredictable after storms. It would be best to hire a professional contractor to take a look at your roof.
What if my roof vents are damaged?
Damaged vents can cause serious problems in the long term. If your vents are not working correctly, you can quickly develop moisture-related problems such as rotting and mold. In your attic, damaged vents can allow precipitation or critters to enter your home.
If your plumbing vents are damaged, you will see your drains start to work extremely slowly. Ventilation problems can also affect your health. You do not want sewer gas to build up in your home. Not only does it smell bad, but it can also result in carbon monoxide poisoning.
Lastly, a poor ventilation system could increase your heating bill as your house loses efficiency. You don’t want to put your home, your health, and your wallet at risk from storm-damaged roof vents.
Do you know what your vents look like when they are healthy? If you don’t, call Elite Remodeling Services at (952) 646-2480 for an inspection. We can help your Minnesota roof stay good as new.