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Finding Roofing Leaks- By David Ness

A leaking roof is one of the major concerns of homeowners. Although all roofs are difficult to repair, flat roofs are more difficult because it is hard to find leaks in flat roofs. If the roof is sloped the water will run downwards. On flat roofs there is no slope for the water to run, which means the leaked water may travel a good distance away from the leaking area. If you are searching for a leak in your flat roof, you should try to search for it when the roof is dry and cool. The most common places that leakages develop on flat roofs are the flashing near the connecting points on the roof. Check the flashing very carefully and search for any loose pieces or gaps and cracks that may have developed. Also ensure that the flashing has been installed so that rain water moves in the opposite direction instead of flowing towards it.

Another place to check is in the low area where water may accumulate. You should see small dirt rings that gradually become smaller as they reach the lowest point. Start with the lowest point and check carefully for cracks or holes. Check the seams of your roof as well. If you have done a complete check of your roof and can not find the source of the leak, then take a water hose and, starting with one section at a time let the water run for about 15 minutes constantly. Do only sections of the roof at a time and not the entire roof. This will help you to locate the section that is leaking giving you a better chance of finding the individual leak.

 

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