Checking for Leaks

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With it being Hurricane Season in South Louisiana, hard, heavy and prolonged periods of rain are common. All of that rain makes it more common for leaks to show up inside your home or office.

Leaks are easier to find during big storms and their damage lasts even if you catch all the water in a bucket. The water can cause significant damage to the ceiling and hide in the walls, especially if its made of sheetrock. It also leaves a watermark that expands if the leak is not fixed.

A leak usually means its time to call a professional roofing contractor to get some help with fixing the roof so the leak gets stopped at the source.

Whether you want to go the DIY route or get a professional to repair it, finding the leak and finding a way to temporarily stop it is critical to your house staying dry and taking on as little damage as possible. Here are some tips for looking for the source of a leak yourself.

Go into the Attic to Look for Leaks

This one is obvious but to find the source of the leak, you have to go into the attic. Grab your flashlight or headlamp and head up to the attic to look for the leak. While you’re in the attic be careful when stepping on beams to make sure you don’t slip off and fall through the ceiling.

Follow the Trail

While water may be dripping from the ceiling in a specific spot that doesn’t always mean the water is entering the house directly about the spot in the ceiling. Some of the time, water will drip through the roof onto a beam and then run along the beam or rafter to another spot in the house or office building. The key is to start from the spot where you know water is and then to follow the trail as best as you can to the hole in the roof.

If it’s still raining when you’re searching, water should keep on moving which will make it easy to trace. This is where the flashlight really comes in handy. The light from your flashlight can get the water to reflect light so you’re able to trace the water back to the source.

An obvious indicator of a leak is if you can find holes in the roof from the inside of the attic. One way to find a hole is to go up in the attic during the daytime and not turn on the lights. If you see sunlight coming through a spot where it shouldn’t, that area likely needs to be repaired.

Hard to Find Leaks

Not all leaks will be as easy as getting in the attic and finding it in just a couple of minutes. Sometimes the leaks come from gaps that are inconspicuous holes. If you can’t find where a leak in your roof is located here are some tips:

  • If you can’t find the leak because the trail has dried up after the rain stopped or for any other reason, follow the structure up from the point of the leak. Water tends to run downhill
  • Trace the water leak as far up the attic as you can. Then, measure from the peak down to the highest point of the leak. Then measure over from a gable end to the leak.
  • Use those measurements after the roof has dried to climb up on it to find where you think the leak is from the outside. This is where you could place a tarp or something else to give you a temporary seal.
  • If you still cannot find the leak, soak the roof with a hose to try to replicate the issues and then try all the previous steps to find the leak. This will help there be water actively flowing to the leak so you can trace it back to its origins.

Call a Professional

Unless you are a roofing professional, it is worth the monetary investment to have a roofing contract fix your roof. At Storm Guard, we offer emergency tarping services so we can at least help mitigate any further damage from happening to your home or office.

We also provide FREE roof inspections that can help us find your leak and if there are any other issues with your roof. We can even work with your insurance to get you a new roof at just the cost of your deductible (if the claim is approved) so you don’t have to get a roof patch and hope it doesn’t happen again. If your roof does just need to get repaired instead of replaced, we can do that too.

Contact us today to schedule your free roof inspection!