Few things are more distressing to homeowners than a leaking roof. The expense of repairing a roof leak can be hefty, yet this is a repair that cannot be delayed. Making matters worse, roofing repairs are not easily accomplished as a do-it-yourself task. All of those factors combine to strike fear in homeowners when they first discover a roof leak. The following tips are offered to assist in locating the source of a leak, and determining what to do next.
Take it to the Top
The first step in finding a roof leak involves heading into the attic to take a closer look. In many cases, the attic of your home is an area where you spend very little time, so be sure to take a moment to familiarize yourself with the attic layout before moving through the space. Check to see how the attic is floored, and if there is no flooring in place, be sure to put weight only on the joists, and not the spaces in between. Also be on the lookout for nails coming down through the roof. Once in position, turn off the lights and look for areas where daylight is showing through. It is also helpful to look for areas of discoloration or obvious signs of moisture on the underside of the roof.
Inspect the Roof Vents
Roof vents are put into place to allow for proper ventilation in the attic. They are usually located on both sides of the home, at peak ends or ridges. Check to ensure that the seals surrounding the roof vents are intact, and not letting water enter the attic. If your home has a chimney, be sure to carefully check the wood surrounding that structure for signs of past or present moisture.
Run a Leak Test
Finding the source of a roof leak is easiest during a rainy day, when water may be actively entering the structure. On dry days, it may be necessary to simulate rainfall to determine where water is coming in. Have a helper use a hose to soak one section of the roof at a time, while you carefully examine the underside of the roof for signs of water.
Determine the Proper Repair
Once the source of the leak has been determined, the next step is figuring out how to solve the issue. In some cases, repairs are as simple as replacing a damaged shingle or resealing around a vent or skylight. If significant water damage has occurred, however, repairs may be much more complicated. In many cases, hiring a professional to complete the job is the best way to proceed. The initial expense may be higher than taking a DIY approach, but the result will be a repair that lasts, as well as an evaluation of the rest of the roof's integrity.
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