If you have noticed a leak in your roof, the first thing is to try and track it down. The first step is to see if you have visual penetrations point on your roof. Items that penetrate the roof are the most common factor in roof leaks. Its quite rare for a standard slate or tile roof to develop a leak without some sort of dislodgement or penetration through the roof. Don’t forget to include chimneys, dormer windows, ventilation pipes or anything else that projects up through the roof.
If you can get into your attic and look from the inside, it can really help sometimes in locating that leak. There will be mold or water staining in the area which has the leaking point. But if access is a problem or you have a high attic ceiling, you’ll have to go up onto the roof and examine the roof externally.
If the problem still isn’t obvious, you can use the hose method. This involves getting a 2nd person to spray water onto the roof using a hose. Start on the bottom end first to make sure the water doesnt run past the leak, soaking the area slightly above the leak as it appears in the house. Isolate areas when you run the hose.
For example, soak the downhill side of a chimney first, then each side, then the top on both sides. Have your helper stay inside the house waiting for the drip to appear. Let the hose run for several minutes in one area before moving it up the roof a little farther. Tell your helper to give a shout out when the leak becomes visible. You’ll be in the vicinity of the leak area. This process can take a while so have patience while you are doing it.
We recommend as with all things professional to use a proper roofing company. Even when you do locate the leak, the issue becomes fixing that leak properly. This is why you should call a proper and certified Dublin roofing contractor out.
Make sure to see some qualifications and get a few different quotations so you get a fair price on the repair work. We recommend if you live in the Limerick area or the Dublin area to pick a professional like Roofing Pro. You can find them at http://www.dublinroofingandguttering.ie