Flat roofs can be more susceptible to leaks than sloped systems; without enough elevation, water tends to form puddles that can seep through your roof over time. That’s why it’s important that your roof undergoes routine inspection.
Read on as Mobley Brothers Roofing & Restoration, one of the top roofing contractors in the state, shares some tips on how to find leaks on your flat roof.
Clear Your Roof of Debris and Foliage
While looking for leaks, keep in mind the part of the roof above water stains or any other signs of moisture damage may not always be where the leak is located. Water may be dripping from somewhere else; it just so happened that that section was where the water has accumulated.
As such, the only way to determine the source of a leak is to physically inspect the roof. Clear the roof of any debris and foliage if there are any.
Look for Cracks or Holes in the Low Spots
Those living in hot climates need to check their flat roofs frequently, as constant exposure to the sun can cause cracks to form on your roof. In general, roof replacement experts recommend looking for signs of damage in low spots where water tends to pool.
For roofs with roofing tar or caulking, look for patches that are likely to fail soon. Have a contractor reinforce these as soon as possible. You should also check the seams and flashing of your roof, especially where the materials meet, for holes and cracks.
Run Water Along the Suspected Sources of Leaks
Once you’ve found a potential source of the leak, run water along the area to determine whether or not it truly is the cause of the problem. If it’s not the source, you can soak sections of the roof one at a time to find the true source.
While inspecting your roof, always prioritize your safety. Or better yet, hire a certified contractor, like Mobley Brothers Roofing & Restoration, to do it for you. We’re a GAF Master Elite® Weather Stopper® roofing contractor that offers roof replacement services. To get a free estimate, call (865) 444-6060 or (615) 645-4500 or fill out this form. We serve homeowners in Knoxville and Lebanon, TN.