A Leaky Roof – Something You Should Never Ignore
December 8, 2015
Is a leaky roof driving you crazy? Are you finding you have to put buckets out every time it rains, to catch dripping water?
A leaking roof is not just annoying – it’s one of those repair jobs that you can’t just ignore, or put off for later. Even a minor roof leak left unrepaired can lead to more serious damage to your home later down the track – not to mention the damage to your wallet.
Signs Your Roof is Leaking
Signs of a leak in your roof can include:
- water entry
- wet insulation
- stains on the ceiling
- mould on ceiling or walls
If you notice any of these signs around your home, call a professional to take care of it right away. Acting quickly and getting the issue repaired can delay the need for roof restoration or a full roof replacement.
It also highlights the importance of regular roof maintenance – spotting problems like wet insulation or mould and addressing them before they get too bad could prevent a leaky roof in the first place.
Locating the Leak – Where is the Problem Coming from?
Unfortunately (and frustratingly!) the source of the roof leak on the outside of the home rarely matches where the leak appears on the inside of the home.
Locating the source of a roof leak is not an exact science. It is a process of elimination due to the fact that a roof leak may have several contributing factors and may not always be the direct result of one specific problem associated with your roof.
It’s best if you can see the leak as it occurs. In order to trace a leak back to its original source it helps to visually see the active leak instead of depending on the remnants of the leak such as staining on the ceiling. Stains can be used to locate roof leaks, but they may not reveal the entire story behind the roof leak.
If this is not possible, it may be necessary to conduct a water test on the roof surface by saturating the suspected area with a garden hose for a period of time until the leak occurs on the inside of the home.
Other Factors That Can Cause Leaking
Once you’ve found the source of the leak it will shed some light on what’s causing it. You may find the problem may not be the roof itself.
Before calling a roof technician, you’ll want to rule out other factors, such as:
- Plumbing leaks
- Air conditioning leaks
- Pest infestation
If you’ve ruled out these possible factors, go ahead and contact a qualified roofing company. A roofing technician will be able to assess the cause of the leak and offer the best advice on how to repair it.