Finding a roof leak can be more difficult than you think. Water may enter your roof in one spot and run down to another spot before it starts saturating your ceiling, making it difficult to pinpoint exactly where the leak is. It is important to find the leak before it damages the entire roof, but fortunately, there are things you can do to quickly find the source of a leaking roof.
Steps to Find Leak Source
Small leaks can lead to bigger problems down the road if they go unaddressed. Mold, rotted framing and sheathing, damaged insulation, and damaged ceilings can be direct results of even a small roof leak. In order to find the source of a leak causing problems in your home, you can:
- Run small amounts of water down your roof to mark a general area where the leak may be
- Start removing shingles in the suspected area
- Look for evidence of leak, i.e. water stains, rotted wood directly below, or discolored felt paper
- Move roof insulation aside and check the plastic vapor barrier for water stains
- Look for roof penetrations – most common source of a leak
- Check known roof penetrations, i.e. roof vents, chimneys, plumbing, dormers
Sometimes you still may not be able to find the direct source of the leak, and that’s okay. Whether you’ve identified the source or not, it may be time to call a professional to fix this time sensitive issue. Commercial roofers have experience in locating even the most hidden and complex roof leaks, and can help you stop a small leak before it becomes a big problem.
Contact an Austin Roofing Professional
Unforeseen roof leaks are scary to encounter. However, at Black Slate Roofing, we want to ease your mind a little when it comes to maintaining your roof. If you or someone you know is experiencing problems with their roof or has noticed signs of damage or leaking, contact the Austin roofers at Black Slate Roofing, LLC by calling (512) 969-6790 for the experienced, professional help you need.