It is quite possible to carry on your daily routines without noticing a roof leakage until rain starts to pour on your house. This happens probably because the roof is hardly remembered among other routine maintenance around the house. To save up on costly repairs and replacement, remember to maintain your roof condition regularly.
Uncovering causes of leaks could be very tricky but with these five tips, you can be more confident in detecting leakages.
Check the ceiling
One of the easiest signs to look out for is when you can observe water dripping through your ceiling. Water marks at the corners or center of the ceiling are also signs that your roof is leaking. When the leaking is at the corner of the ceiling, you will realize that the walls are affected too. The painting becomes chapped due to its exposure to moisture. So, what is next? Take your inspection to the attic but be careful not to step on the damp ceiling. Ensure that you wear protective gear.
Snoop around the attic
If you have watched a dozen scary movies, you might be afraid to go up there. Carry someone with you and don’t leave your flashlight because you will have to go fetch it again. While you are there, keep walking on wooden frames to avoid falling. Inspect area above the damp area and be on the lookout for molds and algae. If that is not present, check for water spots. The leaking area will always be darker than the other parts. Once you have identified the leaking spot, remember to put a marking on it for easy identification in the future.
Investigate the insulation
It is easier to inspect a roof that has gone through waterproofing than a roof that has not gone through that. The reason behind this is that the insulation material fades more noticeably than the roof itself. Solving water leakages is important because insulation that traps moisture could cause fast corrosion of the roofing material. Wet waterproofing materials also add to the weight of the whole roofing and poses a danger of bringing the roof down.
Check out for foreign objects
Sometimes leakages are caused by an object that should not be present in the first place. It is more likely to happen in the gutter, so check if water is draining well or not. Remove the debris whether it is dry leaves or small twigs to enhance water flow. Worn out seals around vents could also be the reason for water seepage.
Go up the roof
Another way to check for leakage is to go up the roof. Discover if the shingles are missing or worn out because they could be the reason behind the leaks and plan for replacement.
If you have done all these and still could not locate the leaking spot, do not lose hope because there is something that you could do. Take the dry weather as an advantage and simulate rain using a hosepipe. You can always get a waterproofing specialist to do solve all these issues for you.