Roof Leaks Issues And How To Find Them: What To Look Out For

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As a seasoned business owner in the roofing and waterproofing industry, I’ve encountered countless scenarios where roof leaks prove to be elusive adversaries. Let me share my insights on this common challenge and guide you through the process of identifying and addressing these issues.

The Sneaky Nature of Roof Leaks

Roof leaks are like stealthy intruders, making their way under broken tiles, snaking along the sisilation, and ultimately seeping into your attic. Picture this: water following pipes and joists for considerable distances before making its grand entrance onto your ceiling. To add to the complexity, leaks often reveal themselves only during heavy rain or when the wind blows at just the right angle.

The Hunt for the Leak

Fixing a leaking roof is straightforward once you pinpoint the source, but the real challenge lies in finding the elusive culprit. The evidence of a leak may not align with its actual location, thanks to the downward flow of water that can soak into walls or ceilings.

How to Uncover Roof Leaks

Inspect Upwards from Stains: If you spot water stains on your ceiling or running down interior walls, start your inspection upwards from these stains. Pay close attention to areas with flashings, like those around chimneys or satellite dishes.

  • Check for Damaged Tiles: Keep an eye out for cracked or missing tiles. Replace them promptly to prevent further water infiltration.
  • Explore Roof Space: Grab a torch and head into your roof space. Look for water stains, black marks, or mold on the ceiling. These visual cues can lead you to the leak’s whereabouts.
  • Utilize a Garden Hose: If all else fails, take the investigation to the roof. Use a garden hose and run water onto the area just above where the leak manifests inside the house. Have someone inside waiting for the drip to appear.
  • Inspect Galvanised Iron Roofs: For galvanised iron roofs, check the roofing screws. Ensure the rubber or plastic washers are intact. Loose screws can lead to lifted roof sheets, allowing wind-driven rain underneath.
  • Address Displaced Roof Tiles: If tiles have been knocked or blown out of place, straighten or replace them accordingly.

Advanced Techniques for Stubborn Leaks

  • Attic Exploration: During or shortly after heavy rain, venture into the attic with a torch. Be cautious not to step through the ceiling.
  • Simulate Leaks: In dry weather, use a garden hose to create a simulated leak. Thoroughly wet down the roof and examine the attic for water stains or wet spots.
  • Measure and Analyze: Measure down from the roof peak to the highest point of the leak. Move over from a gable end to the leak. Transfer these measurements to the roof when dry, considering any overhang.
  • Detailed Roof Examination: Inspect the roofing closely for signs of the leak at the measured location. If elusive, continue searching higher up on the roof, as water can travel behind tiles before emerging in the attic.

By applying these techniques, you can transform the daunting task of locating roof leaks into a manageable process.

At TT Waterproofing, we bring our years of experience to every challenge, ensuring your roof is not just repaired but fortified against future leaks. Trust us to be your partner in securing your property.

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