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How to Find a Roof Leak

Signs of a roof leak

A roof can last for a very long time if it’s correctly built and well maintained. However, no matter how durable a roof might be, certain situations will arise that can cause small damages and roof leak. If the damage is not repaired right away, roof leak can lead to an even bigger structural problem. You should, therefore, be able to recognise the symptoms of a roof leak and find its source.

Finding the source of a roof leak

Spotting signs of a roof leak is fairly easy. If you notice any water drips or moisture during heavy rain, you know right away that your roof has a problem. On a sunny day, you can still spot possible roof leak by looking for water and moisture stains. Check out the ceiling and the walls. Even small damage can leave marks over time. Another tell-tale sign is mould growing in parts of the house that are normally not touched by water. This might be more of a challenge to spot because mould likes dark places, so better check the unlighted areas of your home.

After catching any of those signs, now you have to find the source of the roof leak. We don't recommend climbing onto your roof as this could be dangerous.

Finding the leak with water

A proven way is to go into the roof during rainfall to find the source of the leak. You can use the water spots or stains on your ceiling as a guide to the location on the roof to start your search. One is the danger of being electrocuted if there is any faulty electrical wiring on your home. But if you’re resolved to doing this, make sure to turn off the power before you venture into the roof. Even with that done, remember that there is still some risk involved here. Once inside, look for water leaks with a flashlight as it will help to reflect moisture and allow you to see.

Finding the leak with light

The safer way to tackle a roof leak is to climb into your roof on a sunny day look for light leaks. It is much safer than being in the roof when it rains. Again, don't forget to turn your power off before climbing into the roof. The only downside of this method is the light leak might be very small, so it might take you a long time to spot the source of the leak. You are lucky if there is an obvious damage or a broken shingle. If there is none, you might have to go with the water approach.

No luck finding the leak?

If you think that it will be difficult for you to locate and fix the source of the roof leak, then it much safer and better to get a professional to do it for you. Especially during the rainy season, when there is too much risk involved by doing it yourself. Saving a few hundred dollars from roof repairs is really not worth risking your life for, especially if you suspect structural issues in your home. Contact Wildman Building Inspections and have your roof leak problems fixed without you breaking a sweat.