Roof leaks can lead to serious damage that is difficult and expensive to repair. The problem is that roof leaks are hard to detect because they often occur at night or on cloudy days when it’s not raining, especially if the leak has been going on for some time.
What are possible ways of detecting roof leaks?
1) Using a Thermometer
Using an analog thermometer with a wire probe can help detect many types of roof leaks. The copper wire probe will react to warm temperatures at the roof leak area. With this method, you must walk around your roof to traverse it with the thermometer probe. If you are using an analog thermometer, there is no need for an extra battery as it uses the heat from your hand to power up its internal sensor.
2) Asphalt Shingle Leaks
If your roof is asphalt shingles, you can purchase a special flashlight that will highlight any areas where water has penetrated the surface of your roof. The different colors of shingles determine how visible the leak is. Dark shingles with darker colors will have more obvious leaks than light shingle colors.
3) Using a Garden Hose
It may be possible to use a garden hose or pressure washer to find roof leaks in some cases. In this method, pour soapy water across the roof and watch for any errant water droplets. Be sure to use a hose with a spray nozzle.
4) Using an infrared Camera
Infrared cameras can find roof leaks by detecting the different thermal signatures of fresh roofs and older worn-out roofs. The high-definition infrared images show the difference in surface temperatures throughout your home’s exterior. These devices can help pinpoint the leakage source and allow for proper roof repair.
A well-sealed roof can prevent moisture buildup inside your home to reduce the risk of water damage. At the same time, you will be able to notice leaks early on. This is important because it gives you enough time to find a solution before major water problems occur. Also, sealing the roof will protect the expensive structural components that are stored inside your attic.