Without much thought, we rely on our roofs. Finding a leak could be alarming, but it could be an easy, inexpensive fix. If you have noticed sagging drywall, a dispersing water stain or a busy trickle, your roof has probably sprung a leak. Do not ignore it. Leaks can gradually damage the inside of a home. Over time, water causes wood to rot, destroys shingles and promotes mold growth. You could always hire a professional to discover and fix the leak which costs most homeowners an average of $750 nationwide.

This manual walks you through how to locate and fix leaks in shingled roofs. Though we won’t insure horizontal, metal or membrane fashions — the discovery methods used here can be helpful for other kinds of sloped roofs.

This segment is a step-by-step manual to discover the source. Some methods require two people plus attic and roof access. Get in touch with a professional if you are not able to execute one of these steps safely.

Locating the precise leak location is not necessarily as straightforward as it might sound, particularly with pitched roofs. Leaks have a tendency to be higher up from the clear inside escape. Water gets under the shingles and then melts the rafters or sheathing before eventually finding a nail or protrusion to target that flow of water in your ceiling.

Below are the tools you will need to assist you find the source of the problem.

A Helper


Garden Hose (if it is not raining)

Dust Mask


Tape Measure

How to Get the Leak

Have one person enter the loft. Find the place where water is leaking through your ceiling.

Look over the ceiling leak point and then scan the sheathing leading towards the summit of the roof. It might not be a direct line, but it is going to always be above the ceiling leak place.

Have one person climb on the roof and spray water over the supposed leak location. You might have to do this for a couple minutes before you discover it.

Hint: You’ll be walking on a wet, slippery roof, use a correct safety harness attached firmly to your roof.

It is possible to mark the flow location from inside the attic or simply assess the distance from the maximum point to the water damage. Then, have another individual measure from the ridgeline of the roof down precisely the exact same distance.

Frequent Causes

Weather, such as high winds and hail, can harm your shingles either directly or by knocking dying and dead branches from overhanging trees. Shingles do not last forever. They generally include a warrantied span of 15 to 50 years. As they age, they’re more vulnerable to damage from weather.

Misdiagnosing leads to additional damage. If the reason is not apparent, contact a specialist. Based upon the cause of the harm, insurance will often cover replacement. Insurance companies typically require a certified professional.

Nevertheless, wind can tear a shingle off, making a perfect route for water to enter your dwelling.