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Guide To Detecting A Roof Leak

Detecting a roof leak early can save you time and money and prevent potential disasters. A leaking roof is more than just an annoyance; it’s a hazard that can lead to severe water damage, mold growth, and structural issues within your home.

Finding out that water is leaking through your roof is bad enough, but the hardest part is often figuring out where it’s coming from. The water passing through a leak doesn’t necessarily travel straight down, meaning your roof needs to be closely inspected for signs of a leak until you can find its exact location.

Learn to detect and locate your roof leak as quickly as possible and when you need to contact a professional roofing company to make the necessary repairs.

Signs of a Roof Leak

Roof leaks aren’t always immediately noticeable. Many start as small cracks that can worsen over time. If you don’t find a roof leak quickly, it can eventually cause damage to your home’s structural elements and increase the risk of health problems like respiratory issues and allergies.
If you think your roof may have a leak, it’s important to spot potential indicators early by conducting routine checks and maintenance. Common signs of a roof leak are:

  • Dark spots. If you notice wet, dark yellow, or dark brown spots on your walls and ceilings, they may be signs of humidity leaking through your roof.
  • Dripping water. Water or moisture dripping through your ceiling during a rainy day is one of the most common signs of a roof leak.
  • Damaged wallpaper. If the wallpaper or the paint on your walls starts to crack or peel away, it may indicate that the adhesive underneath is damaged.
  • Mold or mildew indoors. If you notice mold or mildew on your ceilings, walls, or in corners, it’s a serious sign of a roof leak, suggesting it may have been leaking for a while.
  • Broken tiles or shingles. Cracks, breaks, warps, or missing pieces in roof tiles and shingles often signal a leak. Such damage usually results from age or insufficient maintenance over time.
  • Daylight through the attic. Visually inspecting the underside of your roof is one of the simplest ways to find roof leaks. If daylight is visible through the roof boards from the attic, it’s a clear sign of a leak.
  • Increased energy bills. While it may not directly indicate a roof leak, an unexpected rise in energy bills could suggest that hot or cool air is escaping through gaps in the roofing.

How Can I Tell Where My Roof is Leaking From?

Even if you observe potential signs of a leak, the next and more challenging part of roof leak detection is finding where the water enters. Depending on how the water circulates, a hole or damage on one side of the roof can lead to issues in other parts of the home. The following are some roof leak detection methods to try:

  • Visually inspect your roof. Even if you already spotted signs of damage, consider giving your roof a thorough visual inspection. Head up to your attic with a flashlight and examine the underside of your roof for signs of damage, especially around areas that typically receive more wear and tear, like skylights, vents, or chimneys. One of the best times to do this is when it is raining so you can see if water is dripping from rafters, nails, or other roof areas.
  • Clear the roof of debris and blockages. Leaves, twigs, branches, and other debris can accumulate on rooftops and block the flow of water near the gutters and around the edges of your roof. This can cause water to accumulate near blocked areas, eventually causing leaks. The best way to prevent this is to keep your roof clean and free of debris.
  • Check for pooling water on the roof’s surface. If you have a flat roof, such as the type used on apartment buildings, look for pooling water. Most flat roofs in California are slightly angled to help water drain off its surface and prevent the formation of leaks. However, water can collect on the surface if the drainage system becomes clogged or the roof’s slope is insufficient. If water pools on your flat roof, look for debris blocking the drains or a sagging roof deck. They can cause water to remain on the surface, degrade roofing materials, and accelerate leak formation.
  • Consider your roof’s age and materials. California roofs use various materials, ranging from clay tiles and asphalt shingles to flat roof membranes, each with its own average lifespan. If your roof is nearing the end of its life, consider contacting a roofing professional for a roof inspection and replacement service.

Why You Need a Professional Roof Inspection

While there are many steps you can take to try and find the source of your roof leak, some may be in hard-to-reach areas or in unsafe spots. The best way to locate the source of your roof leak is to contact the professional roofing company AJ Reyes Roofing.

  • Expert inspections. The professional roofers at AJ Reyes Roofing have the knowledge and experience to inspect all roof types and find the source of a leak, no matter its location. We can also find more subtle leaks before they have a chance to worsen or cause damage to your home.
  • Safety training and equipment. Whether you have a flat, low-slope, or high-slope roof, our team is trained and equipped to inspect any roof type for leaks safely.
  • Comprehensive assessments. AJ Reyes Roofing can assess the condition of your entire roofing system, not just the areas you can reach on your own. This will allow us to more accurately determine the damage caused by a roof leak more accurately.
  • Thorough maintenance and repairs. As professional roofers, the team at AJ Reyes Roofing can perform all necessary maintenance and repairs after locating your roof leak. We can fix leaks, repair damaged tiles and shingles, seal cracks, remove debris, and address any structural damage as needed. We can also offer maintenance tips and recommendations to improve your roof’s lifespan.

Get Your Roof Leaf Fixed By Professionals

AJ Reyes Roofing is a roofing contractor licensed by the state of California with almost three decades of experience. We are proud to serve the communities of Southern California, from our home in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley to all surrounding cities and counties.

If you suspect your roof is leaking and need the help of a professional roofer to locate and fix it, we can help you. Contact us today for a free estimate.

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