What is the hardest part of fixing a leaky roof? Finding where the leak is actually coming from. Water can enter your roof in one place and run down to another place before you start to notice it, or before it starts soaking into your ceiling. Obviously you’ll want to find the leak in your roof before the entire roof and ceiling go bad, so the best way to look for a leak is when there’s water running.
You won’t want to wait to check for leaks when a heavy rainstorm hits your house and does significant water damage. Instead, control the amount of water flow by taking a garden hose up onto the roof. DON’T GO CRAZY HERE, you don’t need a large amount of water to find the leak.
Run the (small amount of) water over different places where you think the leak(s) might be. Have someone else be in the attic looking for moisture with a flashlight. The water will reflect the light and make it easier to see.
Don’t have an attic? Check for other clues of where leakage might be coming from by pouring a small amount of water through:
- Ridge caps
- Roof valleys
- Gutters and downspouts
Once you find the leak, make sure you mark it and make the necessary repairs. If you find or can’t find a leak and you need a roofing contractor in the Omaha area, call Exterior Remodel & Design today.