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Why a Roof Leak is Hard to Find, and How Find It

Why a Roof Leak is Hard to Find, and How Find It By Kelly Richardson
HIPhome Columnist
December 31, 1969

One of the most troublesome aspects of your home that you'll deal with is the ominous roof leak. It starts small and undetectable. But left untreated, a roof leak can spread along your walls and discolor everything with a mildewy stain. Let's look at ways you can find and stop a troublesome roof leak.

If you live in an area that is prone to violent thunder storms, then this week's hip home lesson is for you. At one time or another, you're going to be confronted with a roof leak somewhere in your home. And the way you respond to it will determine how much money you save yourself from repairs. Follow these simple guidelines, and you can lessen the potential damage to your home. Stopping a roof leak is all about how and where to look.

Roof Leak Clues

  • Bubbling Boards. One of the first ways people find out that they have a roof leak is when the condensation begins to warp the wood on ceilings and walls.
  • Discolored Boards. Once a roof leak begins to mildew, the ceiling and wall boards will become green and black with growths spots.
  • Gathering Water. If there are any spots on the floor where condensation is gathering, you can be sure that you have a roof leak somewhere.

Once you know that you have a problem, the next step is to examine your home to find the source of the roof leak. The thing is, your roof leak may not be right where the discoloration and warping occurs. Leaks can begin at any point in your roof and drain at a farther point.

Finding Your Roof Leak

  • Highest Point. You must get to the highest inside point of your home. This means climbing into your attic and investigating.
  • Drips. Find the water drip and follow it up to its highest point. You should take care when walking on support planks in your attic.
  • Measure. Use a tape measure to locate your exact position. This will save you valuable time when you get onto your roof to assess the outer puncture.

About the Author
A freelance writer, researcher and teacher, Kelly Richardson has over 15 years of creative and technical writing experience. He teaches secondary Honors-level English and writes for a variety of clients in specialized industries such as medicine, technology and education. Kelly holds Undergraduate and Graduate degrees in English and Education from Georgia State University. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Educational Policy & Leadership.

*Before you apply any of the advice described on the Hip-home.com website, you should consider if the advice is safe and suitable for your individual home situation and consult experts as necessary to evaluate the suitability for your circumstances.
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