Detecting Roof Leaks

Roofs leaks can be a home or business owner's worst nightmare. Signs of water damage on an interior ceiling or wall could be the sign of a leaking roof (or it could be a plumbing problem). In either case, your first step must be to determine where the water is coming from — the roof or the pipes.

If the problem is coming from your roof, then the next step is to figure out where the water is getting in. That can be a little tricky, but you can follow these steps to help you locate the problem.

  • Start by locating the area in your home where the leak is showing the extrapolate this up to the area of the roof you need to search.
  • Check to see how many layers of roofing material you have (most states only allow 2 or 3 layers maximum). However, more layers makes it harder to find the leaking spot.
  • Key areas to search are where the roof is penetrated by pipes, ventilation stacks, swamp coolers, air conditioning, chimneys or skylights. These areas are notoriously hard to seal and keep sealed, so the majority of leaks happen there.
  • Look 5 or even 10 feet above the affected area, because water can run downhill under the roofing material along the roof decking.
  • Look for missing flashing, cracked or missing shingles, tiles or shakes.
  • Closely examine the area where two roof surfaces meet. These are called valleys and are more prone to leaks as water is naturally channeled  into the valleys.  

A note of caution: Walking on your roof can cause additional damage so you should do your inspection from the ground with binoculars. If you can't find the problem, call in the professional roofing contractors at Roofing Southwest.

The good news is that regular maintenance can prevent leaks or catch problems before they become serious. Roofing Southwest has 40 years of experience spotting problems and repairing leaks on everything from residential to commercial projects. One of the largest and most successful roofing contractors in the Southwest, Roofing Southwest has expanded its commercial and multi-housing division throughout the Southwestern U.S., including Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Texas. 

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