If you wonder how to find a roof leak, it’s not as difficult as you may imagine. Homeowners should first look inside the home for signs of water. The first, and most obvious sign, would be water spots, standing water or mold. If you have a wet spot on your floor, look directly above to the ceiling for any signs of leakage. The source of the leak can often be found by tracing the leak backwards to its source on the roof, keeping in mind that the source of the leak may be some distance away from where it is dripping into the home. The leak will usually be higher up the roof than the dripping water may suggest due to gravity and the slope of the roof.
If the location of the leak is not obvious, you will want to check the following areas first – low spots in the roof, areas around the chimney and skylights, areas where shingles are missing, and vent flashings from plumbing, the furnace, or wall steps. A water spot on the ceiling would generally start out small, but grow larger with a brown ring defining its shape. The longer this is left untreated, the larger the spot will become as the water adds weight to your ceiling. If a leak is not immediately visible from the interior of your home, consider that the problem area may be more obvious from an outside inspection.
During your visual search, look for any debris that may be causing problems with blocking snow or rain from flowing from the roof’s slope. Left untreated, a roof leak can (and will) cause damage to your home’s structure as well as to your personal belongings. Therefore a roof leak should be taken seriously and repaired as quickly as possible. If you cannot find the source of the problem yourself, you may need to consider hiring a roofing professional to keep your home from being vulnerable to further water damage.