Roof Leaks

How to Identify and Reduce a Roof Leak

Prevention is ideal

In our most recent post, we discussed the method of diagnosing and repairing a flood in your home. Chances are, if you are suffering a major rainstorm, your roof is taking a beating. A common side effect of nonstop rain is a little permeability and seepage in the exposed areas of a house. This is especially true of a residence without effective upkeep. If you find out about a leak in the midst of a violent shower, you’re probably too late for an intervention. Time for a repair.


Walls and ceiling

In the event of a leaky roof, you should call a roofer or consult a plumber. In the space between a leak and repairing it, however, you can slow things down. One thing you may notice is a stain on the ceiling. A lot of the time, a leak will amass on a ceiling or inside a wall before accessing an opening or a weakness. The collection of moisture will often generate more than one leak at a time. If you are aware of one, be vigilant for even more.


Inside or outside?

Nevertheless, bear in mind an inside leak is different from an outside one. In the aforementioned circumstance, a single outer leak will give rise to the appearance of several indoors, thereby seeming far worse than it actually is. First, lower a bucket underneath any visible collecting moisture bulges and make a hole in them. Any subsequent flow will be concentrated in a lesser number of areas and be more manageable in turn.


Making a funnel

One alternative to collecting all of the water in a few buckets is making a funnel using a hose. If you connect a hose with with a wide container, you may be able to channel a fair amount of liquid outside. This might make it easier to manage and clean all the remaining water from a leak. Obviously, your efforts will be far less useful if the rain is coming down, but even a little relief can make a big difference.



In a number of cases, water damage is a result of something fairly benign––like a broken shingle. Even one worn-out shingle leaves room for enough liquid to permeate your home and the hole will only expand over time. Therefore, you should pay attention to your ceiling with a measure of regularity. In the event a leak is in an initial stage, you may be able to identify it and get help in time to prevent any or any more major damage.


Be overcautious

If you aren’t certain of which shingles are defective, you are better served removing any of the ones surrounding those you know are broken. If water made its way beneath, there’s a good chance you’ll find wet or even rotten wood under the roof. The exercise of evaluating a roof should be, at a minimum, a biannual event. If you aren’t experiencing any rain and are uncertain of the extent of the penetration, pour water on the area of the roof and follow it.


Temporary fix

If you are experienced and the circumstance is dire, you might consider putting a metal sheet over a relatively small opening on a roof. Any conceivably harmful activity should be avoided in favor of a professional––if for no other reason than acquiring an informed consultation. Another possibility is your roofing is installed with incorrect material, which renders the entire surface of your home vulnerable as well as in need of an overhaul.


Other causes

Another possibility is your shingles are fine as your roof was installed correctly. In especially bad weather, a shingle may fly off your roof and leave a space for a leak. If the weather is very cold, an ice barrier may form, preventing water from leaving off the side of the roof. If you see water marks, discoloration, darkening or peeling of any paint, mold, degenerative drywall, or water itself, you should have a fair amount of confidence in a leak. Check your attic.


Check regularly

Most of the time, a roof is constructed with the approximate climate in mind. Yet every once in awhile, a really bad system comes along and exposes infirmity unaccounted for by abiding the mean. Maybe weather isn’t entirely responsible. It could be an animal tore away a shingle and only now, weeks or even months later, is the damage immediately apparent. This is why you need to stay on top of your roof, both literally and figuratively.


Go for accuracy

When you communicate with a roofer or a plumber, be sure to give an accurate representation of your experience. Even though a leak may be very annoying, it is probably not a cataclysmic disaster. If it is, be sure to communicate its severity. And even though a roof leak may not be an enormous issue, one may lead to more serious damage later on. In other words, don’t exaggerate it, but don’t put it off, either.

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