No matter what part of the country you live at some point you will have weather conditions that are going to play havoc with your roof. A roof that leaks even the slightest amount can cause a huge amount of damage in a very short time if not attended to immediately. It can cause mold, ruin your insulation, seep into your home, ruin your ceiling and even damage your personal property. And finding that leak, like finding the short in your car, can sometimes be an exasperating and frustrating experience. The following are tips on how to trace a leak without having to hire a professional roofer to do it for you.
- First Tip for finding the Leak – You will need some problem solving skills. Start by climbing on the roof and doing a water test on a dry day by spraying your roof with a hose. Have someone else in the attic chasing the leak. Begin spraying on the bottom of the roof and slowly move toward the ridge line at the top. You need to spray a limited area and may have to wait a couple of hours to see if it leaks. Then move to a new location.
- Searching For The Leak – What often makes it difficult to locate a leak is that your roof man be leaking in a completely different area than where it is dripping. The best thing you can do is search during daylight hours. The first thing you will want to check is how the water flows on your roof to give you a starting point. You may have to climb up onto the roof to check for cracks, gaps, or loose shingles. If there are cracks or gaps or missing shingles anywhere on your roof even though it may not be near where the water is dripping inside begin by marking those areas. If water is leaking near the top of the roof, chances are it is flowing along the underside of the roof or along the rafters into the attic.
- Check Your Vents and Ridgeline – Check around your vents and ridgeline to make sure they are properly sealed. If you have a chimney or stove stack that comes through the roof be sure it is sealed and secure. Roof leaks are common around flashing, sealants and any other place there is penetration though the roof membrane. Often flashing material is made from the same material as the membrane so be sure to check the flaps and seams carefully.
- Check the Attic – The best place to begin looking is in the attic. Look for signs where water may have flowed over time either along the ceiling or along the rafters. Hopefully, you will find water marks that will lead you to the point in the ceiling where the water was coming in. Follow the water marks to the highest point in the ceiling where water was probably entering.
- Condensation – Condensation can appear anytime including the middle of winter. Condensation forms when cold air meets hot air where it can build up and begin to form leaks. Inspect your vapor barriers between the ceilings, walls and the roof.
To be honest, finding the source of a leak can be very challenging and time consuming. The best way to handle it is to call Colorado Premier Roofing for a FREE roof inspection. We thoroughly inspect all areas of your roof for FREE and give you an estimate of repair or replacement costs. Call us today at 303-789-1107.