It’s every homeowner’s worst nightmare. You’re walking through your home and slip on a small patch of water on the floor. Not sure where it’s coming from, you look around, only to realize that it’s slowly dripping from your ceiling. If your roof is leaking, don’t panic. The damage can be repaired, but the first step towards addressing a leaking roof, is discovering where the leak is coming from. This can be a difficult task, and one that is often best left to the professionals, but if you’re interested in taking a crack at locating your roof leak, take a look at these tips to get started!
Examine The Roof
The first step towards identifying the source of your roofing leak is of course taking a look at your roofing system. If you have asphalt shingles, you can get onto the roof and take a look around, but those with slate, clay tile, or other niche materials are better off leaving it to a professional.
If your home is just a story or two, you may be able to spot any signs of major damage from the ground, but it will be far easier to see if there is any minor shingle damage if you get onto the roof. If there are any missing or broken shingles, this is the first place to looking for a leak.
Check For Water Spots
Next up, if you’re unable to spot the leak from the roof, you will want to move into the attic. It can often be easy to identify a roof leak once you step into your attic, as water spots will often be visible around the point of entry. If there are no water spots indicating the source of the leak, wait for a sunny day and check to see if there are any holes in the roofing system that are allowing light to pass through into the attic. If light is able to pass through the system, that means water will be able to as well, which could lead you to the source of your leak.
Grab The Hose
As a last resort for trying to identify the source of the leak, get a friend to help you spray water across your roof, section by section. With one person spray water onto particular parts of the roof, have the other person stay in the attic and watch for water seeping into the attic. Move across the roof section by section so you can identify the approximate location of the leak. This should help you pinpoint the source of the leak and potentially allow you to fix the system. Just be careful if you decide to get onto the roof as you spray it, as you shingles will become slippery.
Contact Us Today
Interested in replacing your home’s roof this fall? Our team at Nations Choice Windows is ready to assist! Give our team a call today at 703-372-9154 or fill out our online contact form. We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your roof replacement needs!