Your home is your temple, sometimes it can get a bit run down, sometimes you don’t have enough time to maintain it in the way you would like to. A lot of things are obvious, a cracked window, cobwebs around the outside of your house, a panel broken on your shed, however, a leaky roof may go undetected for ages! If it’s not raining how could you know? Even if it is raining what if its just leaking into your roof space and not through to your ceiling. The water could be getting into your insulation or rotting away the interior beams in your roof. This can cause irreparable damage to your house in the long run. Unfortunately, it would be impossible for you to check for leaks all too often a roof is a large surface and that would almost be impossible. We do recommend that you check for leaks either yourself or get someone professional to look over your roof every 5 years minimum.
How to Find Roof Leaks
When you’re trying to find a leak, look at your roof for any stains and then look at the roof up from the stains. The first thing to look for is any roof installations. Items that penetrate the roof are by far the most common source of leaks. In fact, it’s rare for leaks to develop in open areas of uninterrupted tiles, even on older roofs. The installations can include plumbing and roof vents, chimneys, dormers or anything else that projects through the roof. They can be several feet above the leak or to the right or left of it.
If you have roof space access, the easiest way to track down a leak is to go up there with a flashlight and look for the evidence. There will be water stains, black marks or mould. But if access is a problem or you have a vaulted ceiling, you’ll have to go up onto the roof and examine the suspect(s).
Sometimes a leak can be difficult to find the source of, for instance you know your roof is leaking and you know the general area, find someone to give you a hand and get up on the roof
with a hose and try running some water over the suspect part of the roof and then examine for leaks while doing this. This can help pinpoint the exact spot of the leak!
If you have found a leak do not just rely on caulk, just caulking up a hole may seem like the easiest fix and it may work for a while, however rarely will a caulking gun fix a roof leak permanently. You should always attempt a ‘mechanical’ fix including replacing or repairing existing flashing instead of using sealant. Caulking should only be used for very small holes and problems.
If your house is in severe trouble and your roof is falling apart this is a different problem and you should get onto http://americanemergencyservice.net/ to learn more.