How to Find and Repair a Leaking Roof

How to Guides, Tips & Ideas

A leaking roof can be a recipe for chaos and also make a house inhabitable. It becomes worse if, by any chance, there are naked electrical cables along the leaking lines as any contact with water can be disastrous. These misfortunes can, however, be avoided by learning how to fix a roof by yourself, the crucial topic that this write up seeks to cover.

A roof leak can present multiple challenges to homeowners until it is identified and rectified. The major challenge is that leaks never happen at a convenient time but rather catch you off-guard. This means that they may cause significant damage before you find and work on them.

The usual signs that can point to a possible leak are the sight and sound of water dripping. There are also several other telltale signs that you may discover along the way, whether it is raining or not. The signs include:

  • The presence of musty odors in some of your rooms.
  • The sight of spots on your home’s exterior walls.
  • Signs of water stains on the ceiling or roof.
  • Missing or warped shingles.
  • Bulging patches on your interior walls.

On This Guide:

6 Methods To Find A Roof Leak

The above signs may point to a possible leak somewhere on your roof, but they may not point to the actual leaking point. In this case, you have to conduct a thorough investigation to establish the exact place with the leaking problem. Below are additional tips to help you to find a roof leak and ensure that it does not accelerate such problems.

Check the Attic

Tools and materials required:

  • Flashlight or torch.
  • Water bucket
  • Drill and a twist bit
  • Ladder
  • Plastic sheet
  • Dust mask, gloves, and eyeglasses

Place the plastic sheet on the floor and have the bucket placed on top of it, too, to collect dripping water. If your house has an attic space, use a ladder to safely get there and check for signs of water stains, black marks, or mold. Use the flashlight if it is too dark.

Drill a hole, carefully, at the center of the damaged area to release any concentrated water. You can cover the hole momentarily until you are ready to fix the entire damage.

If your house does not have an attic, you can check the roof for any signs of leakages. Ideally, look out for damp patches, black marks, water stains, or molds. If you rent the house, engage the property managers or landlord to have the leak repaired.