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How to Find the Source of a Roof Leak

How to Find the Source of a Roof Leak

You notice the telltale signs of a leak in the roof: water spots on the ceiling, drops from the attic, or even water stains on the wall. Now, what do you do? The first step to fixing the problem is discovering where the water is coming from. This isn’t always an easy task. Water can leak through a space near a vent and then run along the roof line or down beams in the attic, which can send that water far from its original leaking source.

Get Up in the Attic

The first place to check for roof leaks is in the attic. Take a look during daylight hours (but take a flashlight to look closely in those corners), and start checking for water stains. Once you have located damp wood, stains or other evidence of water, begin checking for a path the water may have run. Leaks in the roof seldom drip straight down; they usually run along beams and joists. Once you have determined the exact entry point for the water, you can see what the damage is and fix it.

Do a Spot Check of the Roof

You might be able to determine what is allowing water to infiltrate your attic from the inside, but the odds are good you are going to have to take a trip to the roof to determine the real cause.

Once up there, look for missing shingles, damaged shingles, cracks along vents and flashing, etc. If you can’t figure out what is causing the leak, look for signs of mold and mildew. It can appear as dark streaks on the roof or even greenish growth. This can cause deterioration of the shingles, which in time can allow moisture to collect and eventually seep through into the attic.

One way to combat this problem is to have your roof professionally cleaned at least once a year. That way any mold or mildew can be removed, to help safeguard damage to your shingles and your roof.

When homeowners spot water damage in the attic, they tend to assume there is damage to the roof. However, the problem could be coming from the gutters.

Check Your Gutters

When homeowners spot water damage in the attic, they tend to assume there is damage to the roof. However, the problem could be coming from the gutters. Gutters that are not cleaned regularly can collect all sorts of debris, and this can create a water backup that leaks in through the flashing or the area where the roof meets the house. This is a common problem in cold weather areas where gutters can become jammed with ice, which can actually damage the roof and cause leaking.

Proper Roof Cleaning and Maintenance Can Help Prevent Roof Leakage

There are a lot of things that can cause your roof to leak: loose shingles, missing shingles, damaged shingles, overflowing gutters and more.  Proper maintenance is essential to keeping your roof in excellent condition and limiting its exposure to water damage. Two of the main things homeowners overlook when it comes to proper roof care is cleaning out their gutters on a regular basis and having their roof professionally cleaned to limit damage from mold mildew and moisture.

To find out more about how you can detect roof leaks (and prevent them), contact the expert crew at Indiana Roof & Exterior Cleaning today.

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