If you have been experiencing dripping water from your home's ceilings, you will want to work quickly to find the source of the moisture. Sometimes it takes longer finding where a roof leak is occurring than it does to do the actual repair. Here are some tips to use to help you pinpoint exactly where water is sliding in underneath your shingles.
Start In Your Attic
Go to your attic to look for areas of moisture on the ceiling. If you notice spots with blackening on the wood above, or if there are spots where insulation is saturated, you will know the leak is occurring on the other side of the material above. Seeing large areas of decay will help you narrow down the area of your roof that may be in trouble. If you do not see moisture in your attic, you will need to move to the outside of your home to investigate.
Look At The Gutters
If the water is seen rolling down interior walls of your home, there is a good chance you have a gutter problem on the outside. Get a ladder and peek into your gutters to see if they are full of debris. If so, use gloved hands to remove the grime from within so water can once again flow through freely. When dirt builds up, water will begin to pool. This in turn can cause moisture to get trapped underneath your bottom layer of shingles or vinyl siding. If the moisture continues coming in your home after you have cleared your gutters, you may need to look at the shingles and siding in that area of your gutter system.
Evaluate The Roof
If your gutters look fine and the water getting inside is coming from the ceiling, you will need to walk across your rooftop looking for areas where damage is present. If you don't feel comfortable getting on the roof yourself, you may want to talk with a place like Standard Roofing & Exteriors Ltd.
Start at the top of your roof and work your way down, walking from one end of the roof to the other. If you don't immediately spot damaged or bent shingles, bring a garden hose up to the roof while a friend stands inside your home. Pick an area to water down with the hose for several minutes. Have your friend yell out to you if water starts seeping indoors. If you hear no yelling, move the garden hose to another area and repeat. Eventually this method will find the source of the leak so you can peel back shingles and take a look underneath. When you do this, make sure you are wearing the proper roofing shoes with traction, and wear a harness if possible.