Do you suspect your roof may be leaking? Perhaps you’ve noticed shingles missing from the roof or observed that some of them appear damaged. Or, maybe water has begun to stain your house’s ceiling or walls.
Tracking down the precise location of a leak—and of course, repairing the leak—is definitely a task you can leave to the experts. However, as a homeowner, knowing how leaks function (which includes learning to tell where the leak is located versus where you’re seeing water) is important to determining where issues might be developing on your roof.
What Can Cause a Leak?
Before you start exploring your house in detail, let’s look at a couple of locations on your roof where leaks are prone to developing and why. There are other common locations where leaks may occur, but these descriptions provide a brief overview of potential issues.
A commonly damaged part of a roof are the flashing. This term refers to the thin pieces of metal used to weatherproof or seal the area around vents and pipes. If these become damaged, water may seep into the framing, leading to a leak.
A leak may also develop in your roof’s soffit, the wood beneath the roof overhang. Small animals and insects are frequently attracted to this spot. You may find it useful to examine this area for cracks, holes and rotting.
Identifying a Roof Leak
Here are some tips to help you identify a roof leak in your Midland, TX, home. Keep in mind that water can enter the roof in one place and collect in another location before soaking into the ceiling.
Head up to the attic: If your home has an attic, it may be useful to explore the attic on a rainy day. (Remember your flashlight, as water will reflect light.) When you locate where the water is coming from, mark the area. This will help lay the groundwork for the roofing company you hire, who will apply roofing cement or new shingles as needed after the leak’s location on the roof’s exterior is identified.
No attic or can’t find the source of the leak?: You can try checking boots (the rubber seals that can be found around the electric service and plumbing vent pipes, air vents and exhaust fan flashing), ridge cap, flashings, gaskets surrounding pipes, shingles, gutters and downspouts and dormer valleys (framed projections through the sloping plane of your roof).
Try examining your home’s exterior: Another option to identify the source of the leak, especially if rain is not in the weather forecast, is to bring a garden hose up on the roof. Starting small, run the water over the spot in the roof where you think the leak may be located. Ask someone else to examine the attic with a flashlight looking for moisture, as the water will reflect the light, making it easier to see.
For questions about roof leaks in Midland, TX, or to request a roofing repair, contact the experts at Raintree Roofing at 432-570-1822 today.