It’s important to remember that just because you see signs of water damage in your ceiling or wall doesn’t mean your roof is leaking. Leaky plumbing or even condensation may be the source of the problem. If you notice water damage on a ceiling that isn’t directly below the roof, you can look into these other possibilities as a possible source of the leak. You can learn more at the page
And if you see signs of water damage in your attic, this does not necessarily mean there is a current leak. If your house is 50 years old, it likely has two or three layers of roofing, and the leak may have happened at some point during the existence of either roof. A water stain on the roof’s rafters is often what causes concern among building or home owners, but it is far from definitive proof of an existing leak.
Check for water damage on your roof after a rainstorm or when snow is melting to see if it’s leaking. If the damage appears within 5 hours of recent rain or snowfall, it was most likely caused by a roof leak. If the damage occurs outside of this 5-hour window, you should have a plumber inspect the area.
Water will accumulate as a result of any leak, putting a significant amount of weight on your ceiling. Drain the water if you see a bulge in the sheet rock or paint of the affected area to prevent the sheet rock from falling and causing further damage to your house. Simply place a bucket under the affected area and use a 16 penny nail to poke a hole in the sheet rock to remove the water.
Once you’ve determined that your roof is leaking, you can hire a licenced roofing contractor to find and fix the problem. We’ve included a step-by-step guide if you want to find the source of the leak on your own.
Keep in mind that water flows downhill throughout this operation. When moisture seeps through the roof, it can move down and even diagonally in both directions before reaching the underlayment. It must locate a seam in the roof sheathing after it has passed through the underlayment. The water would then either fall to the insulation in the roof or move down a rafter. When moisture reaches the roof, it normally soaks up some insulation before reaching the sheet rock or plaster ceiling material. Approximately 90% of the time, the leak would appear in a sheet rock joint.