How to Find a Roof Leak

When there is a roof leak, it’s important to find the source of the leak as early as possible, especially in tropical climates where monsoon seasons are common. Over time, the smallest leak can cause a lot of damage to the ceiling and the roof sheathing and rafter will start to rot. With all that water accumulating, it is easy for mold to grow in the insulation, which is harmful for us to breathe in. Naturally, this means that the roof repair bill keeps growing as well.

Finding the exact location of the leak can be a difficult task. Water usually enters the roof in one place but the water stain generally shows in another spot as it soaks into the ceiling and drips down.


A few causes of rook leaks include worn, broken or missing shingles or through corroded or poorly sealed roof flashing around vents or skylights.

To find the roof leak, you might heave to climb up onto the roof. Most people don’t want to do this, or consider it to be a little dangerous so they get a renovation contractor, handyman or some other kind of general contractor to come over and inspect. If you’re careful you can do it yourself and save quite bit of money. But if you’re not able to fix the roof leak altogether you’ll probably need to get a contractor anyway and he will still have to climb up the roof.

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Wait for a rainy day when it will be easier to spot the source. Otherwise, spray water over the roof to find the source of the leak.

If you are unable to locate the source of the leak, you can check several places for problems with moisture or damage: gutters, downspouts, flashing, shingles, boots, air vents, dormer valleys, and ridge caps.

Warning: Stay safe and do not go onto the roof during a thunderstorm or if your roof is steeply pitched.

If you’re not particularly handy or if you’re unable to locate the source of the leak, we suggest you contact a renovation contractor on Kaodim. They’ll fix your roof quickly and safely to prevent further damage.