February 11, 2016 : How to Find & Fix Roof Leaks

How to Find & Fix Roof Leaks

Find & Fix Roof Leaks
When it comes to roof maintenance, preventing problems by taking steps early in order to minimize damage is easier and less costly than waiting for a problem to occur and trying to fix it then. That being said, it is very important that you find leaks in your roof early so they can be repaired before any extensive damage is caused.

Inspecting for Leaks

Many homeowners don’t think about their roof and ignore it until a serious problem gets their attention. Unfortunately, if you are not inspecting your roof on a regular basis, you probably won’t see any signs of the leak until it has become a much larger problem. Doing regular inspections by you or a professional roofing contractor can save you a ton of expense and hassle.

Indoor & Outdoor Inspections

When doing an inspection, you might be able to spot a potential leak from the top of your roof by noticing that there are missing or broken shingles. However; in most cases it’s much easier to find leaks from inside the house. Your best option is to go up in the attic when it’s light outside and look for spots where the sun is coming through.

Learn to Spot Signs of Leakage

It’s also important to know what signs you should look for if you do regular inspections. The most common things that you will find if you have a leak include the following:

  • Wet insulation.
  • Black streaks where mold or mildew are growing.
  • Rusted nails.
  • Water streaks on the roofing support beams.
  • A pungent mold or mildew smell in the attic.

Fixing Your Leaky Roof

If you see any of the signs above, you can either call a reputable roofing contractor in your area, or try to fix the problem yourself. If you want to fix the problem yourself, you will first have to purchase some roofing tools. We recommend the following:

Fixing a roof is different depending on which type of roof you have and where the leak is located. Below are instructions and tips on how to fix your leaky roof from several reputable resources in which they explain how to fix a leak in multiple ways. Just look up your type of leak and follow their detailed instructions.


posted February 17, 2016 by Lillian Schaeffer
This is some great information, and I appreciate your point that having regular inspections done on your roof can save you a lot of trouble. It's been a while since I've had my roof checked, and a leak started a few days ago, but I'm not sure where it's coming from. I'll definitely look into having a professional come and locate it so I can get it fixed, and I'll be sure to have regular inspections done in the future to avoid such situations. Thanks for the great post!

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