How to Find and Identify a Roof Leak
Commercial Roof Repair
Posted on September 18, 2019 by Anderson Industrial Roofing
Roof leaks area huge concern for both commercial and residential structures. Failure to schedule a roof repair after discovering a leak can lead to several problems that range from financial waste to health hazards.
If you’ve noticed puddles appearing on your floor or that your energy bill has hit major highs, it’s time to start searching for that leak. Here are some tips you can use to help find where the problem is dripping through.
Inspect for Signs of a Roof Leak
If you haven’t scheduled a roof inspection for a while, this could be the reason why your leak has even had the chance to progress. A professional roofer will be able to help you identify the location of your leak and what can be done to repair it.
However, before you call in the experts, keep an eye out for these telltale signs that your roof problem is a leak. Be on the lookout for:
- Forming spots on your walls
- Ceiling water stains
- Warped shingles
- Moldy or musty odors in specific areas of the structure
Check the Most Common Areas Where Leaks Occur
The problem with leaks is that even after they’ve been discovered, finding the source of the problem can be a real challenge. Once a leak starts the damage can quickly spread to numerous sections of your roof, causing the confusion of where the issue started.
Fortunately, we’ve found there are common areas in a structure where roof leaks happen to occur.
The crease in a roof where two planes meet is called a “valley.” Within the valleys, it’s important that shingles are properly trimmed to form an arrow-like point to push any running water away. If improperly trimmed, be prepared for water to settle on top of your shingles and eventually start dripping into your home.
Speaking of shingles, if you know you haven’t had them replaced or repaired in the last decade, then your damaged or missing shingles are most likely the source. Old shingles don’t hold up well against the natural elements, and that’s why it’s recommended that a shingle roof be repaired or replaced once the first signs of wear start to show.
The flashings involved within your roof can allow leaks to come through when they fail. To the untrained eye, these areas of your roof may be hard to locate. However, a professional roofer will be able to help solve the mystery and identify damaged:
- Plumbing vent flashings
- Wall step flashing
- Furnace flashing
- Head wall flashing
Found the Leak? Anderson Industrial Roofing can Help!
Any roof leak spells out bad news for a landlord or homeowner. However, with the help of a professional roofing contractor, repairs can begin in no time at all. Not only can a professional make initial repairs to your roof, but they can provide you with the information you need to maintain your roof’s integrity for years to come.
Anderson Industrial Roofing is proud to be a trusted roofing company in the Dallas metropolitan area. From residential to commercial problems, there is no leak or repair we can’t handle. Contact us today to schedule your inspection!