There are a lot of reasons a roof can leak – damaged or missing shingles, damaged or missing flashing, small holes in the roofing, gaps in the chimney flashing. And all of these things can often make finding just where a leak is coming from very challenging. So here are some tips to help you find that hard to find roof leak:
Start in your attic. Preferably after a rain, a good place to start looking for a leak is in your attic. And if rain hasn’t fallen, you can use a hose to wet down the surface of the roof, essentially re-creating the leak. If you have a wet spot in your ceiling, examine the rafters and roof decking located above the spot. By running your fingers along these areas, you can often feel if the wood is wet or moist.
Follow the Wet Spot Up. Once you find a wet spot, follow it up the rafters to its highest point.
Mark the Spot. Marking the spot of the leak, measure the distance both to the roof peak, and over from the nearest gable end.
Examine Your Roof. Transferring your measurement to your rooftop, examine the area closely for any signs of water intrusion.
Always Look Up. If you can’t find the source of the leak, look higher up on the roof as water travels downward, often running under shingles before emerging in the attic decking or rafters.
Finding a roof leak is one step, but fixing it is another. Beyond minor repairs, often the best choice is to call a licensed roofing contractor.
This article is brought to you by ASAP Roofing, a national roofing company that specializes in hail damage, roofing restoration and weatherization. ASAP has offices in Denver, Dallas, and Indianapolis.