Have you noticed water stains extending across your ceilings or running down your walls? If so there is a good chance you have a water leak coming from your roof.
The good news is fixing a roof leak is relatively easy. If you know a few simple roof repair tricks you can have it all patched up in a matter of minutes.
The problem however is actually identifying the leak. If you don’t know where the leak is coming from you will not be able to fix it.
Before we dive in and talk about how you can quickly identify the source of a leak, let me first make one thing very clear. A roof leak is nothing to play with.
If you think you have one you need to have it checked out immediately. Though the leak may be small now, it can quickly get out of control and before you know it your insulation will be destroyed and your ceiling will be damaged.
So in essence, the longer you wait to invest in roofing repair, the more money you will have to spend to have it fixed.
How To Quickly Identify The Source of A Leak
The first thing you want to do when looking for the source of a leak is to look at the roof uphill from the stains for roof penetrations. Generally speaking the source of a roof look is an item that has penetrated through it.
As a matter of fact, it is highly unlikely you will find a leak in an area that is open and has uninterrupted shingles.
Areas of penetration you should inspect first include areas with a chimney, vents and plumbing. If you have easy access to your attic go up there with a flashlight and look for signs of a leak.
If you can’t get into your attic you will need to go up on the roof to check for signs. Some common signs of a leak would be black marks, mold or water stains.
How To Find The Difficult Leaks
Some leaks may be extremely difficult to find. If this is the case you will need to find someone to help you and go on the roof with a water hose. Start slow and work your way up.
The person helping you should stay inside and look for signs of a drip. Be sure to let the hose run in one area for several minutes. If the leak is difficult to find it may take several hours to identify it. Be patient and take your time so you can find the exact spot.
If after a few hours you are still unable to find the leak, consider hiring a roofing contractor to come out and get the job done for you.