Repairing a leaking roof is often like looking for a needle in a haystack. Unless you have significant roofing damage from a storm or other source of trauma, you may not easily find exactly where the water is entering. In many cases, the leak is in a completely different place than where you notice the leaking.
Here is some information about roof leaks and what you need to do once you discover it.
How Do You Know the Roof Is Leaking?
Sometimes the roof can be leaking without you realizing it until you notice major damage. While some water leaks are major, others are very small. Still, smaller leaks can do plenty of damage to your home. Knowing how to spot one early can save you a lot of money on repairs.
One of the first indications of a roof leak is brown or discolored water stains on the ceiling or even down the walls. The leaks often appear as large puddles on the ceiling, but not always. Some leaks simply look like a small amount of black or grey discoloration.
If you see any indication of mold or mildew, chances are you have a leaking roof that needs immediate attention. You do not want to prolong any mildew or mold growth, or you could have an even bigger problem.
You may also notice moisture or drops of water on the walls of your home. They may come and go, depending on the weather outside. Rainy weather is often the culprit in moisture, but not always. You could have beautiful days and still get moisture on the walls.
For example, in cold weather, rain water can leak underneath the shingles and freeze. Once the water thaws when you no longer have bad weather, it will continue to leak into the home. No matter if it is raining outside or not, as soon as you notice the first sign of moisture, you need to have the roof checked.
You may also notice some discoloration on the outside walls of your home. Look closely at the roofline of the house. If you see any water spots, you may have a leak near the flashing. You may also notice water spots near the downspouts and gutters.
Though these elements are not technically roofing material, they are an important part of the roof and also need attention if they begin to leak. If the gutters and downspouts leak, they can result in water damage to your home.
How Can You Spot a Leak in the Roof?
In many cases, a roof leak is not easy to find unless you have missing shingles or other apparent roof damage. One way you can find a leak is to shine a bright flashlight at the stains or water marks in your home. Follow the lines to see if you can pinpoint where the water may be coming in. If you can get into your attic, the odds of finding the leak is greater.
You could also enlist the help of a friend to help you. Have another person go to the roof with a water hose. Have your helper stand in the areas where you believe the water is coming inside and turn the hose on low and allow it to run for several minutes while you watch for drips.
If you do not see any water entering, have your helper move to a different area. Repeat these steps until you locate water drips. You should only have someone who is careful and experienced to help you with this method.
Roof repair is not the best DIY home project. We at Roland's Roofing Co. Inc. have decades of roofing experience and are happy to help you repair your home. Please give us a call for all your roofing needs.