by Rachel Saunders
Finding a roof leak can often be a difficult task. You may know very well that you have a leak but actually locating the leak can elude you. If you know that your roof is leaking but you are unsure of just where water is getting in, there are a number of things that you can try.
Finding the leak is essential in getting it repaired and ensuring that yourhome is protected from further water damage. Here are the top 5 tips for finding roof leaks.
1. You should begin by looking for penetrations in your roof. Things causing saturation are the most common reasons for leaky roofs. There are a number of things that can cause penetration on your roof including chimneys, dormers, roof venting and other items that go through your roof. Check around these items to see if you notice leaks. Look closely around the probing item and several feet to each side of it for the source of your leak.
2. You can also get into the attic if you have one and take a flashlight to find any mold or water stains. If you do not have an attic then you may want to go directly to the roof to look for the source of your problem.
3. Going on the roof is the most reliable method of finding leaks. Ofcourse, you cannot determine where the roof is leaking unless you know where water is going and in order to do that, you need water. You may not want to perform this task during a rain storm so taking a garden hose up to the roof is the next best thing.
You will want to begin at the outer roof edges and cover the roof with water from the hose. Moving up and down the roof in sections, take enough time for each section to see if any water leaks into your home. You may need someone with you during this step to help check the inside of your home for additional water leakage.
4. Most roof leaks begin around the flashings. Flashings are available in many sizes and shapes and should be checked regularly to ensure against leakages. There are a number of types of flashing and plumbing flashings are a common problem with roof leakage. Take the time to thoroughly inspect vent flashings to ensure that they are not causing your leaks.
Most roof leaks are easily repaired and many are very inexpensive as well. If you find that you cannot locate the source of the leak or you determine that repairing the roof is a job that you are not equipped to handle, do not hesitate to consult a professional. It is much better to pay a bit more for professional work than to risk water damage to your home.
This article was written by Roof Cozy, providers of conservatory roof insulation.