Tips for Detecting Water Leaks in Your Home’s Roofing | There’s no doubt a leaky roof is a nightmare for a homeowner. If not caught early enough, a water leak can cause extensive damage to not only the roof but to other areas of the home as well. If you suspect a roof leak, it’s best to call a roofing contractor. Here are some tips for you to consider when inspecting your roof and home for water leaks.
Roof Inspection and Water Leaks on the Exterior of Your Home
Use a ladder to safely gain access to your roof. You’ll want to examine the roof’s exterior first and then work your way down. Take a look at your roof for raised shingles, obvious holes in the shingles and wind-lifted shingles. Look for cracks in the asphalt shingles.
Inspect the valley flashing, boots around the utility fixtures, the plumbing bent pipe flashing, your chimney flashing and the flashing around the dormer roof vents. Inspect for corrosion, looseness, discoloration and displacement of flashing. Inspect the roof tar in this area for weakening, cracks or deterioration. Examine your downspouts and gutters for clogs. Clogged gutters prevent water from flowing freely off the roof and allow the water to back up under the flashing
Check for Signs of Leaking in the Interior of Your Home
Climb inside your attic where the roof is leaking to look for signs of damage. Look for signs of light coming through plywood to locate obvious holes. A flashlight can help locate stains or water trails. Water will come into the home in one location, but drain down the slope and find its way into another area of the home. Leaks usually start higher up on your roof than the location where they enter your home.
If you suspect a roof leak but cannot find the source, call on an experienced roofing contractor for help in locating the leak, repairing the issue and tips for preventing leaks in the future.