Do you always hear dripping inside your home when it rains? Do you have water stains or mold on your ceiling?

If so, it sounds like you have a roof leak. But how can you tell for sure? Read this guide, that’s how.

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How To Identify a Roof Leak (and What to do About It)

In this article, we’re going to teach you the telltale signs of a roof leak, plus how to locate it. We’ll also explain in detail what you should do about this problem before it gets worse.

And trust us, it will get worse very quickly. So don’t waste any more time. Read on to discover what to do when you have a leaky roof.

Signs of a Roof Leak

The most obvious sign of a roof leak is that your ceiling drips when it rains. You can also check your ceiling on the top floor/in the attic for visible holes.

That is, turn off the lights during the day and see if the sunlight shines through your ceiling.

Less obvious signs include water stains that appear as dirty-looking rings on your ceiling or streaks on your walls. The stained ceiling may also sag under the weight of the moisture leaking through.

Lastly, excess moisture is a warning sign as well. You may notice dampness or pools of water on the floor, in the attic, or in your insulation. Indoor mold might also be growing due to this moisture.

How To Find the Roof Leak

If you notice any of the signs we just described, you can follow them upward. This is easiest during a heavy rainstorm.

For instance, if your ceiling is water-stained, go into the attic above it. There, you’ll probably see a puddle on the floor. Look up from there to find where the water is dripping from.

If the moisture seems to be coming from your insulation, this makes things a bit more difficult. The insulation soaks up the moisture like a sponge.

It’s pretty much impossible, then, to find the source of the leak without removing the insulation. For this, you’ll probably want to recruit professional help.

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What to do About a Roof Leak

Speaking of professional help, you should choose a professional roofer to patch the leak you’ve located, anyway. You see, roofing is one of the most dangerous jobs there is.

Hundreds of people die from falling off roofs every year, even professionals. Thus, it’s not a good idea for amateurs to attempt a DIY roof patching job.

Instead, check for reputable roofers in your area who have a lot of positive reviews by customers.

You can find these reviews on Google or on the roof contractor’s website. Click here for a good example of this.

Heed These Words

By now, you surely know whether or not you have a roof leak. Hopefully, you’ve even located the leak.

Most importantly, though, don’t forget our warnings. Get qualified help for your leaky roof right away to avoid further damage to your property.

Next, learn more ways to improve your home with other useful guides like this one. For instance, we can teach you whether you should have your carpet cleaned or replaced and give you tips on renovating your pool. Find all this and more on our Home Improvement blog.