4 Helpful Tips For Locating The Leak On Your Roof

If you have a small roof leak in your shingle roof, you want to locate it and fix it right away. The longer you allow the leak to continue, the worse it will get. Before you know it, what could have been a quick and simple fix can become a major roofing repair job. This article will help you learn how to find those small leaks.

Locating the leak

There are a few different ways you can go about finding the leak. If the first method doesn't lead you to the leak, then you want to move on to the next method. There are several factors that can cause a leak to be either easy or difficult to locate, such as its location, the size of the leak and whether it is near other objects.

  1. If you are able to get into the attic of your house, then your job may be very easy. You want to enter the attic with a good flashlight and look for water stains.
  2. Look at the roof from the point of the stains to the surrounding areas. You should be able to notice some type of damage or differences in the area where the leak is coming from. There may be noticeable damage to some shingles such as raised shingles that are curling or noticeable rips and/or holes in the shingles.
  3. Look at the chimney flashing, vent pipe flashing and utility fixture boots. Check for any signs of corrosion or flashing displacement. These areas are common areas for leaks to occur.
  4. You can also have someone else go on the roof near the area where you know the leak is coming from. They will use the hose to wet small areas at a time while you go in the house to look for the leak. When you see the water, go outside and have them mark the area they were wetting with an object or even a piece of chalk.

    Tip: You want to start at the edge of the roof and work your way up toward the top with the hose.

If the leak is a small one, you may be able to fix it yourself if you feel you are up to the task. However, it's always better to air on the side of caution and call out a professional roofer if there's any question on your ability to fix it correctly. Call a company like Russ Lundin Roofing for more information.