A leaking roof can be extremely damaging to the house. What makes matters worse is that it can be very difficult to pinpoint the start of a leak just by looking at the water spot or mold that is growing on the ceiling. The leak may be slow-moving, as well, causing even more damage like wood rot. With how complicated the repair can get, it’s safer to leave it to a professional. You need to be able to locate where the leak has started as soon as possible to stop even more damage from occurring. Here’s how to locate a leak.
● Get To The Attic: The attic or the highest part of your house is where the source is. With a flashlight look around the underside of the roof. You’re looking for spots that look darker than the rest of the area. You might see mold growing or even feel that the spot is wet if you can get over it.
● Look For Damaged Insulation: The insulation will be extremely helpful at finding a leak. While insulation helps the moisture in the air, it
doesn’t do well with direct water. It will deteriorate slightly when exposed to any liquid, giving you the trail from start to end.
● Look At The Vents: Check the roof vents near gable ends, ridges, or both. As the roof ages getting more exposed to the weather the seal around the vent can weaken. This is a prime spot for rain or melted snow to get in.
● Use A Hose To Inspect: Have you ever noticed damage from a leak, but it’s sunny out? Locating a leak when it’s not raining can be tricky, but not impossible. It will require two people, a hose, and a ladder. One person will carefully climb up to the roof and use the hose to “rain.” The second person can be inside locating where the leak is with the methods stated above. You will probably have to do this in sections around the roof. If you are uncomfortable using the ladder don’t hesitate to contact a professional roofer like us here at RA Cooks Renovations.
The safest thing you can do for your home and roof is to call the professionals at RA Cooks Renovations. We can help you locate your leak and help determine the best path to take to repair it. Give us a call today to discuss your needs!