Last Updated on February 5, 2023 by Faiza Murtaza
Roof Leak in your home, even if small, can cause a whole host of other problems. Any water that seeps into your home can cause structural damage and mold and mildew growth. If you hear dripping water or find wet spots within your home, you need to locate the leak in your roof as soon as possible.
Keep reading for a guide on how to find a roof leak in your home.
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Check Your Attic
If you have noticed discoloration or wet spots elsewhere in your house, you should go into the attic or crawlspace to search for the source of the leak. If you can see any light from outside, you’ll be able to pinpoint the location of the leak. However, it is much more likely that the hole will not be that obvious.
Search for any discoloration, mold growth, or dripping water on the walls or ceiling. Even if you can’t find the exact source of the leak, the discoloration will tell you the general area in which you should investigate.
Find a Roof Leak By Spraying the Roof
If you’ve got someone to help you, you can find where your roof leaks are by spraying the roof itself. Use a garden hose on a low setting to simulate rain, and have someone stay in the attic. Go slowly over your shingles and have them call out if and when they see water leaking into your home.
Once you’ve found it, you should mark it so that you’ll know where to start when you begin repairs and won’t find yourself asking “where is my roof leaking?”
Repairing a leaky roof is a straightforward process, but you want to make sure you do it the correct way so that you don’t find yourself back on top of your home in a few months.
Check the Dormers
If you still can’t find the roof leak, it could be coming from the dormers on the side of your home. Dormers are the roofing installations that house a window – commonly on the top floor or in the attic of your home. Since there’s a larger area where a wall meets the roof, there’s a potential failure point in your home’s construction that could let in water.
Check the walls of your dormers to see if there are any cracks or signs of damage. You should also inspect the windows themselves. Even if undamaged, they may be sitting crookedly in their frames or otherwise not properly sealing your home against the elements.
Don’t Postpone Repairing Roof Leaks
Trying to find a roof leak can be a time-consuming process. Small leaks can cause a large amount of damage over time, and it requires methodical effort and attention to track them down.
However, you shouldn’t wait to repair roof leaks, as they can quickly grow more serious (and more expensive to fix) if left unchecked.