Roof leaks are sometimes not good at hiding, but their sources are. While one doesn’t need to be an expert to track them down successfully, it requires sound investigative skills to do the job safely and efficiently.
Here’s how Pressure Point Roofing Eugene, LLC, searches for sources of leaks before conducting a roof repair:
Thinking How the Water Travels
An inexperienced roofer might think that a leak travels a linear path. That doesn’t always happen. A roof leak can move horizontally, making the search for its source tricky. The water flows on the non-absorbent surfaces of objects in front of it until it reaches a level area.
Furthermore, a leak can cover a lot of ground, too. It’s unusual for the culprit behind the leakage to be located at the spot directly above the puddle. Actually, the water could have traveled several feet away from the leak source before reaching an even surface to collect.
Keeping an Eye on a Trail
Our wealth of experience in roof maintenance has taught us to look for visible evidence to trace the “footsteps” of a leak. When it’s a chronic leakage, it has probably left stains along the path it usually takes. Severe discoloration of the wood can be a major red flag and provide a clue about where the source is.
The confusing part is distinguishing the stains caused by old and current leaks. Fortunately, a trained eye with an analytical mind can tell them apart.
Checking the Usual Suspects
Most residential roofing systems have similar leak points. Nine times out of 10, broken pieces of flashing are the cause of water leakage. If they’re not to blame, we check for missing and damaged shingles, and look for improperly sealed valleys before carrying out a more thorough inspection.
Let Pressure Point Roofing Eugene, LLC, solve the puzzle of your roof leak. Call us at (541) 393-8183 to schedule your consultation, and get a free estimate in Springfield, OR, or any nearby community.