When shingles are missing or obviously damaged or when water stains the ceiling or walls, it is pretty obvious that there are problems. The goal is to find the leak before the entire roof goes bad!
How do I find the leak?
If you have an attic, the easiest way to spot the leak is to up there on a rainy day. Use a flashlight and shine along the roof to identify any reflections (i.e., water reflects light). Once you locate the source of the water, mark the area.
On a nice day, have a helper tap on the mark while you’re on the roof. After you pinpoint the location on the exterior of the roof, apply roofing cement or new shingles as needed.
If you think that there may be a leak and don't want to wait for a potential rain that would create more damage, try bringing the garden hose up on the roof. Run the water (not full force!) over the place where you think the leak might be located. Have a helper stationed in the attic with a flashlight looking for moisture. The water will reflect the light and make it easier to see.
Now what do I do?
Call your roofing specialist.
You can attempt to correct the leak independently, but it may be best to allow your roofing specialist to address the issue with the appropriate roof patch and/or sealant will work best to solve the problem
How can I prevent leaks?
A roof that is clean and free of debris is less likely to leak. Leaves, pine needles and moss are all enemies of a roof and can prevent water from draining and could potentially create a dam of debris. This backup of water can get between the layers of roofing and waterproofing underlayment causing a serious roof leak.
Debris filled gutters and/or clogged downspouts will allow water to back up, preventing it from draining. Gutters should be periodically cleaned. See under the Maintenance Section for information regarding gutter cleaning.
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