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How to Spot a Leaky Roof

The hardest part of fixing a leaky roof is locating where the problem lies. Although it’s easy to spot the signs of leaks in a roof (water stains and mold growth), water however, is easily diverted by insulation once it penetrates the roof. So, even if you’re able to locate the signs that show that your roof is leaking, spotting where the actual leak is may be a hard nut to crack.  This is the major reason why the repairing of roofs often start with a good amount of detective work. Highlighted in this article are tips that will come in handy when trying to spot leaks in a roof.

Carry Out a Thorough Inspection
Make use of a flashlight to get a good look. Be on the lookout for areas that seem darker than the surroundings. It may be difficult to see moist areas if it has not rained recently. However, you may see mold, as they tend to linger for a while. Therefore, if you’re able to locate mold growing in a moist area, it’s possible you’ve located the leaking spot on your roof.

Inspect the Insulation for Damages
Insulation often obscure the underside of roofs. If this is the case with your roof, then it can assist you in locating the leaking spot. If you notice any damage on a part of the insulation, then remove all of the insulation that is close to the spot where this is observed. Once this is done, you will be able to trace the path of the water from the spot the damage is spotted, to the point the water entered the roof. You will need to arm yourself with the necessary protective gear since you will be working with insulation.

Be On the Lookout for Foreign Objects
Foreign objects, such as an errant nail, are noticeable factors responsible for leaks in roofs. Apart from nails, you should also check the roof vents.  If they are present, they are often near ridges or gable ends. The water leakage may be due to weak seals around the vents, giving room for water to seep in.
When leaks are not repaired, they get worse. Once you are able to pinpoint a leak in your roof you need to act quickly. If spotted in time, it only takes a moderate amount of work to get it fixed. If however, you need the service of a professional roofing company (maybe because you are scared of being on the roof or the leak is extensive), get in touch with Denver Roofers LLC for professional assistance.


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  • Tex Hooper
    December 8, 2021, 11:31 pm REPLY

    You make a great point about spotting moist areas quickly. I need to get a roofer to do an inspection of my house. I think we have a leak somewhere.

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