Hide and Seek: How to Find a Leak in a Roof

Contrary to popular belief, it can be extremely difficult to locate a leak in a roof. You may envision it as a hole big enough to stick your head through, but in the real world, leaks only become apparent after water has flowed, soaked, and spread its way through multiple layers. This means that the spot where your ceiling is dripping may be dozens of feet from the original source. Luckily, water is a substance without intent or cognition, where sense can generally be made of its path. To do so, follow the grade of gravity.

Roof leaks can also be inferred, especially during dry periods, which can provide an opportunity to look for signs of discoloration including darkened ceiling tiles, mold, and damp insulation. While not always the case, flashing tends to be a common culprit for leaks. It is not uncommon for repairs or poor craftsmanship to leak openings unprotected from the elements.

If you are up for a game of detective, you can mimic the effect of a storm by using a garden hose. This helps you identify potential leaks while having some control over the amount of water accessing your home. Start at the outer edges of your roof and utilize a systemic approach. Give each test time to seep into your home and lead you to the location where the leak may be present.

The good news is that most roof leaks are easy repairs and generally inexpensive. Depending on the source of a problem and your budget, nearly every leak can be patched or flashed within a matter of minutes. Professional roofing contractors at Charles Martin & Son Roofing have extensive experience in identifying potential damage and providing a quick solution. To learn more about your options, contact us for a free consultation today!