Where's the Leak? Tips for Figuring Out Where Water Is Penetrating Your Roof

If there's a leak in your roof, you can help your roofers before they come out to make repairs by locating the leak before they arrive.

It's not always easy to locate where the water is coming from when a leak occurs in a home's roof. However, you may be able to figure out where the water is entering your home by being aware of the following tips: 

Inspect your attic space

The attic is a good place to look for clues about where a roof leak is located. Check your attic for water marks and for any discoloration in your attic's ceiling or walls. 

Inspecting your attic when you're experiencing a leak is not only a good idea for locating the leak, but it also allows you to look out for water damage issues in your attic like mold and mildew growth. 

Look around roof fixtures

Leaks often originate at junctures where your roof meets fixtures like chimneys, vents, and pipes.

It's easy for water to get under the flashing that is meant to surround and seal such structures, so pay special attention to any such disturbances in the surface of your roof. 

Check for fallen objects

Often, leaks develop when a foreign object like a heavy tree branch falls down onto a roof and punctures the roofing material.

Do a visual inspection of the surface of your roof to see if this is the case. It might help if you have a pair of binoculars handy to help you get an up-close look at your roof's surface without actually having to go up on the roof yourself. 

Look for missing shingles

If you've got an older home with an older roof, you might be noticing a leak because your shingles are loose.

Wind and precipitation can often weaken shingles' hold over time. When you visually inspect for fallen objects on your roof, pay attention to your shingles. Absent shingles will let both water and cold air into your home that could lead to damage and decreased HVAC efficiency. 

Check your HVAC equipment

Don't assume that the water leaking into your home from up above is coming from outside. Sometimes, HVAC equipment develops malfunctions that leads to leaks. In particular, problematic ducts could develop excessive condensation that leaks down and forms water marks on your ceiling. If you're having a leak despite a roof that's in excellent shape, your HVAC system may be the problem. 

Consider a professional service like Cleroux & Sons Roofing pitched roofs to come and inspect your roof for damages that are leading to leaks.