Morris County Roofers: Article About Finding Roof Leaks
The roof is the first line of defense from rain, wind and temperature extremes entering the home. A poorly maintained roof can leak and damage the structure and the contents inside. Any leak is serious and should be repaired right away. One of the area's professional Morris County Roofers can assist in finding the problem and fixing it in a timely manner.
A roof leak can sometimes be difficult to find. Signs of a leak can show up as water stains on the ceiling, mold or water puddles on the floor. First, check the portion of the roof directly above the telltale sign. Sometimes, the leak is obvious. A damp wall can also signal a problem. Sometimes, the leak is not directly above the dripping water. Water may run down vents, air ducts or sheathing before eventually showing up inside the home.
The leak may be visible from inside the attic. It may be clear where the leak is coming from. Is any light coming through from the outside? Light shining through a wood shingle roof may not be a problem, as this is normal for that type of roofing.
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If it happens to be raining, the water trail may be apparent from the source of the leak. If it is not raining, a sprinkler on the roof can provide artificial rain to aid in finding the problem. Often, the leak is higher on the roof slope than where the water is dripping.
A ladder or binoculars can be used to inspect the home's exterior. These will aid in seeing damage to the roof or structural issues. Avoid walking on a wet or damaged roof. It is unsafe and may cause further damage. Check to see that the water is draining off the roof properly and that there is no obstruction. Ice buildup can collect water and melt, creating ponding in areas.
Flashing, vents and chimneys are common areas for roof problems. Any connection points of antennas or satellite dishes can also be suspect. Cracked, warped or missing shingles are problems that should be addressed and replaced immediately. Sometimes, only the damaged pieces need replacement and the rest of the roof is fine.
If there are any tree limbs or debris on the roof, damage to the roof may have occurred. The debris may have blown off but may still have left obvious signs of damage. A professional roofer can assist you in finding roof leaks and repairing the problem.