Nothing is as bothering as a leaky roof in a home. Yet, how to find a roof leak and repair it is a big challenge for many homeowners. The place where you notice signs of leaking could be far from the point where rainwater seeps into your attic. Knowing how to prevent roof leaks or repair them when they occur can save you money.

We recommend regular roof inspections as soon as you begin experiencing signs of leakage in your roof. Repair should follow immediately to reduce the odds of damage to your roof. Tracing minor leaks can be a DIY process but some leaks require a roofing expert to track down. We’ll guide you on finding a roof leak like a pro and fix it before it worsens.

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Find and Fix a Roof Leak: The Significant Signs to Look For

When you have a leaky roof, the repair process starts with a roof inspection to find the leak source. The best place to start with is the attic. Typically, attics are dark. You will need something to illuminate the space as you move in it. A flashlight will do you the trick. 

Once you enter the attic, keenly scan the underside of the roof. The best time to do the inspection is daytime when there is sufficient natural light. You’ll be able to see the light penetrating the roof through openings that might be points where leakage occurs. Avoid stepping on the ceiling by moving along trusses.

This is a picture of a leaking roof.

Apart from the sunrays penetrating the roof, use a flashlight to look out for the following signs of leaking:

  • Mold growth 
  • Moisture in the attic
  • Rotting wood
  • Dark patches
  • Damaged insulation
  • Water stains on the ceiling and wall

Note that you can easily pick out some of the above-mentioned signs of leakage in your roof. However, remember the place where the signs appear may not be the exact spot where rainwater penetrates your roof. Probably, it meanders in the attic to settle somewhere on the ceiling or finds its way into your bedroom or another room.

Identifying leaks can be difficult when it is not raining. So what do you do in such a scenario? Well, you can go ahead and simulate a downpour. Get a hosepipe and let somebody climb on the roof to splash it with water. Start with the points you suspect and observe to see if water seeps into the attic. 

Crucial Roof Repair Tips for Homeowners

Once you have found the source of the leak, the next step is to repair your roof. It helps to find a pro to do it. But the following tips will help you as a homeowner.

  • Always use the same type and quality of shingles 
  • Wear slip-resistant shoes while working on your roof. Rubber soles are the best
  • Consider revamping the entire roof if many shingles show signs of wear. Patching the leaking spots may not solve the problem.
  • Cover roofing nail tops with roofing cement. Sometimes water penetrates your roof through the nails
  • If there are any curled shingles, soften them to avoid breaking. Use a heat gun and don’t apply a lot of pressure at the curled area when softening it.
  • Seal the seams along the flashing using roofing cement.
  • Replace rusty nails with galvanized ones. We recommend aluminum nails because they are rust-resistant.
  • Never attempt to repair your roof if you are not confident it is something you can do. You might end up damaging shingles and installations in the attic.
This is a picture of a woman looking at the roof leakage.

A Tip on How to Find Difficult Leaks

Some roofs only leak when there is a rainstorm. Leaks that only occur when there’s a storm are often challenging to track down because at times it’s due to poor installation. In most cases, it happens when shingles are slightly loose at the joints where they meet due to a loose interlocking screw. Leaks resulting from such a situation are difficult to find, especially when the shingles appear to overlay one another as they should.

Inspect shingle joints where the screws have been installed. Gently press the points up and down continuously with your palm. Anywhere you feel the shingles are loosely fitted could be the source of the leak that is giving you a headache.

Test all loose shingle intersections with a hose to see if water drips into the attic. If it does, tighten the loose screws or replace them with new ones. Next, test the intersections again. If water doesn’t enter the attic, congratulations! You’ve just found a difficult leak to trace and repair your leaky roof.

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The Premier Roofing Contractor in Naples

What if you can’t trace a roof leak after all this effort? You need a roofing expert to help you out. When you find yourself in such a situation, partner with a reliable roofing contractor for fulfilling roofing solutions? Tornado Roofing & Contracting Inc. is here for you. We have a solution to each roofing problem you may have. Whether you want to revamp your roof or install a new one, you can count on us. Our roofing solutions are energy-efficient and durable. Try us today!