Finding the source of a roof leak can sometimes feel like a game of detective. Water doesn’t always appear directly under a hole; instead, it may follow roof panels or beams before dripping onto your ceiling. However, you can master the art of leak detection by following these steps:
- Start by Looking Up
Begin by inspecting the ceiling and interior walls for water stains. Water spots can help you track the direction of the leak from the inside.
- Follow the Water Trail
Water often follows the path of least resistance, so the leak may not be located directly above the water stain. Instead, look for paths where water can flow. Pay attention to corners, joints, and points where roof features intersect.
- Check the Attic
Your attic can provide important clues. During the day, turn off all lights and look for spots where sunlight filters in. If the outside light is not available, use a flashlight to spot dark or damp areas.
- Examine the Roof
Once you’ve checked inside, it’s time to examine the roof. Look for common problem areas like damaged or missing shingles, cracked flashing, or clogged gutters. Remember, always prioritise safety when climbing onto your roof.
- Use the Hose Trick
If visual inspections aren’t revealing the leak source, you can try the ‘hose trick’. Spray water on different sections of your roof and have a helper inside looking for leaks. Start low and work your way up until the leak appears.
- Check Roof Features
Areas around roof features like chimneys, skylights, and vents are often susceptible to leaks. Check these areas thoroughly for any signs of damage.
- Consult a Professional
If you’re still unable to find the source of the leak, it’s time to call in a professional. They have specialised tools and experience that can help detect leaks more accurately.
Remember, while you can certainly handle initial leak detection yourself, repairing roof leaks can be complex and requires professional expertise to ensure a thorough and lasting fix. If you’re in New Zealand, Kiwi Roof Masters is equipped to handle all your roofing/re roofing needs. Contact us today for a comprehensive roof inspection and no-obligation quote.