Tips on Troubleshooting and Repairing Roof Leaks

Even though you should have a professional contractor inspect your roof once or twice a year, you should also keep a close eye on it all year round. By watching for signs of leaks, you can schedule repairs before your roof’s condition worsens. 

This guide will help you find the source of leaks before your home suffers water damage as a result.

Conduct a Leak Test

An easy way to find a leak before a heavy storm is to use a garden hose to pour water onto your roof. Start at the lowest point and work your way up to the peak. As you spray water, you should have a second person inside to watch for any leaks to appear. 

Use cell phones to communicate so you’ll know exactly when the leak first appears. The precise timing will help you pinpoint the exact location of the leak before you call your contractor for repairs.

Check Your Attic for Water Damage

Even though there’s sheathing between your roof and the underlying roofing materials, water can still seep through at various points. The sheathing may be torn near vents, misaligned nails, or other similar areas. 

Lift up your insulation to check for damp sheathing, water-stained wood, or moldy insulation. Check each segment of insulation to find the exact location of the leak.

Examine the Flashing

The flashing around your chimney, plumbing vent boots, and other components of your roof can become damaged over time. Once the flashing becomes loose or damaged, rainwater can seep beneath it and leak past your roof. 

The flashing will have to be replaced to protect your roof. Nails in your flashing should also be replaced with screws with rubber washers for better durability. 

We can help you extend the life of your roof with professional care and service.

When you need roof maintenance, repairs, or a new roof installation, call MBC Capital General Contractors at (850) 303-6986.