In-Home Roof Leak Inspection – How to Check From Inside Your Home if Your Roof Is Leaking

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019 at 9:51 am , By C Plus Roofing

There are two ways to check to see if your roof is leaking – from the outside and from the inside. Most homeowners, if they check their roof at all, check it from the outside. They look at the shingles, gutters and eaves to identify roofing issues. But, when was the last time you checked your roof from the inside?


Some roof leaks are not obvious from outside. The signs exist within your home. Here we will provide you with some useful and effective tips to check from the inside if your roof is leaking.

In-Home Roof Leak Inspection

The truth is roof leaks can be difficult to find. The place you find water is not often the source of the actual leak. Most roofers will tell you that if you want to find the leak, you need to think like water.

Water typically penetrates your roof in the obvious places:

  • Where outside roof damage exists
  • Roofing seams and flashing
  • Vents
  • Skylights
  • Chimneys

Once water actually gets into your home it will flow along the rafters in your attic and along the ceiling until it finds a place to fall. You can expect it to flow downward. This means that the source of the leak can be across the other side of the house or within a few feet of the drip depending on your roofing structure.

The attic is the best place to start your inspection. Ideally you can perform your check during the day. Since its dark in the attic if you have a hole in your roof, you’ll be able to see sunlight shining through.

If a hole is not obvious, walk around your entire attic. Identify areas that have water penetration, water marks and stains. If the presence of water is not immediate, follow the smell of water and mustiness.

If you find an area where water is dripping, use this as your starting point and work your way up the roof. Follow the trail of water, moisture and dampness.

If you can’t find the leak, you best option is to cover you roof with plastic roof covering. Better yet, call a roofing professional to help you address your roof leak.

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If you notice issues with your roof, the time to act is now. We can help you with all your roof leak issues. Call us for a free estimate today – 416-917-9622. Don’t wait; address your roofing issue right away to minimize damage and cost.

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