Finding the source of a water leak is a painful, expensive puzzle. You might expect that identifying the source of a water leak from the ceiling is simple enough. Finding the source of water coming into your home is typically a job of trial and error. The place that water enters your house might not be the source. Water will always follow the path of least resistance. Water continues until it reaches a low point or obstruction in its way where it will pool and leak. When we look at a leak from the ceiling, we first check the most prominent issues.
Here are the questions that we ask regarding ceiling water leaks and water leak from ceiling:
We examine the water dripping from a ceiling water leak. If the water appears clean, that is a good sign that it comes from a leaking pipe or fixture. If the water is dirty, the source might again be on the roof.
We then visit the attic and find where the ceiling is wet between roof joists. If we see plumbing near the leak, we will examine the water line for leaks and moisture.
We then visit the attic and find where the ceiling is wet between roof joists. If we see plumbing near the leak, we will carefully examine the water line for leaks and moisture.
Our technician will then look at the attic ceiling. We identify spots where the light shines through. When we visit the roof, we can locate tiles or holes that need to be repaired. We will put a straw through the holes.
At the same time, we will inspect the inside of the attic ceiling for water stains or water stain trails. We follow the tracks to their source. If there are no holes in water lines, we look for signs that water is finding a path under roof flashing to cause the leak.
Next, we go on the roof to check the roof’s exterior. Our staff will start at the top of the roof. We move down, checking flashing gaskets around plumbing vents and utility entrances. We inspect the flashing around the chimney, dormer vents, or other roof protrusions. We will identify any tiles or shingles that need repair.
The final issues we inspect on the roof are gutters and downspouts for backups and clogs. When gutters clog, they can cause leaks under the flashing.