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5 Steps For Finding A Roof Leak

5 Steps for Finding a Roof Leak

The sunshine and pleasant warmth that the spring season offers is a nice contrast to the cold temperatures of winter. But spring also means that it’s storm season. Rain makes its presence known and can cause immense water damage if the rainfall is heavy enough.

Sometimes, storms feature hail in addition to heavy rain, weakening your home’s exterior even more. This can be particularly concerning if your roof, which provides you and your family protection from the weather and outside forces, is in poor condition.

What Indicates a Roof Leak?

If you notice that there are water stains on your home’s ceilings and walls, then this may indicate that you have a rook leak. The longer the leak goes unaddressed, the worse the water damage it causes will get. Water damage spreads quickly, and it often results in mold growth. Mold thrives in moist environments, and exposure to mold can cause health concerns to you and your family. Knowing this, it is important that you locate where the roof leak is and get it repaired right away.


A leaking roof can occur if your roof has missing shingles, gaps, or small holes. It can be difficult to locate the spot where there’s a roof leak, because it isn’t always obvious to see. It can also be tough to find, because the water may not drip down directly below the leak’s source. Rather, the water might run down the roof decking and then drip to the ceiling. However, just because finding a roof leak is a difficult task, that doesn’t mean it’s an impossible one.

Read the following information to learn more about how to find a roof leak:

1. Safety First

Be sure to prioritize safety when looking for a roof leak. If you need to use ladders, do so with caution. Be especially careful if you have to go on your roof. If you have a steep roof, though, you should avoid going up there, as there is a high potential for danger.

2. Water Source

When you’re looking for the source of your leaking roof, you need some sort of water source to help you locate the leak. This is why it’s recommended that you look for the leak on a rainy day, either during the rainfall or briefly following it. If you don’t want to wait for a rainy day, then you can try to create a manmade leak by using your garden hose.

3. Examine Roof Decking and Rafters

To find the leak, you will need to go up to your attic so that you can inspect the roof decking and rafters. Look for any wet spots or water stains and follow them up the roof decking or rafters until you reach the highest spots or stains. If you need help locating any wet spots or water stains, then use a flashlight, as water will reflect light.

Once you have found the highest point of the leak, you will need to take necessary measurements. Measure from the leak’s highest point to the roof’s peak and from the leak’s highest point to a gable end. These measurements will be useful for finding the actual leak on the roof.

4. Inspect the RoofHouse-Roof-Construction

After the rain has stopped and the roof is dry, you will need to go on your roof. You may need to wait until the next day to do this, as you want to ensure the roof is dry for your safety.

Take the measurements you took in your attic and use them on the roof. Inspect the roof at the calculated spot, checking for any signs of leaking. Other than small holes and gaps, pay attention to any damaged or missing shingles, as the leak may be near such shingles. If you’re having difficulties finding the leak, look near gutters, downspouts, gaskets, chimney flashing, and ridge caps.

5. Roof Repair

Whether it be replacing a missing shingle or sealing up a hole, when you find the source of the leak, be sure to fix the issue properly. Otherwise, you will continue to have a leaking roof that drips water into your home, causing water damage and potential mold growth.

However, roof repair isn’t always practical for people do to on their own. Your home may not have an attic, so you may not even be able to inspect for any water stains and take the measurements needed to find the leak. Or you may be uncomfortable doing the work or unable to find the roof leak on your own.

Roof Repair and ReplacementTarget Restoration Services LLC

In such a case, you can seek professional roof repair and replacement services from Target Restoration. With roof repair services from Target Restoration, we will handle all the work.

Our professionals will conduct hail and storm damage repairs, providing water damage restoration and mold removal in addition to repairing the leak. We also include shingle repair and replacement and warranty repair work.

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