2 Ways to Locate Leaks on Roofs

A leaky roof can lead to damage in your home, and this is why it is important to fix leaks as soon as they begin. Big leaks are often easy to find, whereas small leaks are not. If you suspect that your roof is leaking, you should take the necessary steps to locate the leaks and fix them. Here are some tips to help you find leaks on your roof before they cause too much damage.

Inspect the Roof Itself

When a leak is really bad, you may have water dripping inside your home, or you may see water spots on your ceiling. The problem with roof leaks is finding them. If water is leaking through the roof, it will not always land directly below the leak. If you believe your roof is leaking, you may want to begin by going up on the roof to look for signs of damage.

When leaks are minor, you may not have water dripping inside your home, and you are not likely to see any visible damage on the roof itself. Inspecting the roof is still a good place to start though, even if you think the leaks are very small.

As you examine the roof, look closely at the flashing around any openings in your roof. Flashing is commonly found around chimneys, skylights, or vents, and bad flashing is a common cause of roof leaks.

Look Inside The Attic

If you cannot see any visible damage on your roof, you should inspect the attic next. The attic is the area that separates your living space from your roof, and it is the first area that will get wet if the roof leaks.

When you look inside the attic, look carefully at the ceiling. Look for any signs of moisture and feel around with your hands if there is insulation on the ceiling. If you see an area that is wet, this is probably where the leak is. If you can tap on this part of the attic ceiling while someone else is standing on the roof, you will locate the right area of roof to fix.

Getting on a roof is a dangerous task to complete for someone that is not experienced with roof repairs. The safer way to handle this task is to hire a roofing company, such as Russ Lundin Roofing, to find the leaks for you. They can safely get on your roof to locate and fix your roof leaks. 

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