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Finding out you have a roof leak is a great way to ruin your day. Leave it untreated and you risk having the problem become worse and worse until the day you return home to find water all over your carpet or furniture. Finding a roof leak though can be difficult at times as it involves physically heading up to the roof. If you've never had to find a roof leak before, here are a few tips that might help.
Try a Visual Inspection First
Sometimes you get lucky and the source of your roof leak is immediately obvious. This usually comes in the form of a shingle or two that is very clearly broken or damaged. Head up to your roof on a day with no bad weather and carefully inspect each shingle, looking for damage. (Be sure to wear non-slip work boots and consider using a harness as well for extra protection.) Carefully walk from one side of the roof to the other to make sure you don't overlook anything. Upon finding the loose or damaged shingle you can fix it yourself or get professional help.
Break Out the Garden Hose
Sometimes though, a roof leak's source is not immediately obvious to the naked eye. If this is true for you, there's another way you can possibly find the exact location. You'll need a friend and a garden hose for this trick. One of you will go up on the roof with the garden hose and the other will stand in your attic with a flashlight. Have the friend start at the bottom of the roof and carefully let the water flow. As your friend moves his way up the roof, you will be able to see exactly where the water is coming in while you are in the attic. You can then insert a nail or something else into that exact spot and then look for it again from the other side when you are back on the roof.
Hire a Contractor
If all of this sounds like way too much trouble or you just don't have the experience needed to feel confident while searching for a roof leak, there's no shame in hiring a professional contractor. A professional roofer has likely seen it all before and may be able to find the leak location much faster than you would on your own. The contractor can then begin fixing the leak immediately and might even find other potential problems that need some assistance.
Contact a local roofing contractor today for more information