Dealing With Leaking Roofs or Roofing Damage

Dealing With Leaking Roofs or Roofing Damage

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 roof 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 doesn’t 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. If you need roof repairs, get a contractor out to help you.

On your gutters, make sure to carry out regular gutter maintenance and replace your gutters if needed as it can lead to lot more problems than just a leak in your gutters.

If its just small gutter leak, carry out some gutter repairs and ensure they are working correctly by floating water through them.

Make sure to see some qualifications and get a few different quotations so you get a fair price on the repair work. Make sure to get a schedule for larger repairs as they can easily overrun time frames.