How to Water Test for Roof Leaks

How to Water Test for Roof Leaks

Worried about leaks in your roof? You’ll find it’s surprisingly easy to water test for roof leaks:

Step 1: Have someone stand in the attic with a few buckets. The buckets will come in handy just in case there is a leak, and you’ll want more than one for dealing with multiple leaks. Having them bring a flashlight as well–it will make it easier to spot drips and leaks.

Step 2: Spray water onto the roof with your garden hose — Make sure the weather is dry before doing this. Using a garden hose, spray water onto your roof. Start at the bottom and work your way to the top.

Step 3: Check for leaks — Whoever is standing in the attic will need to keep an eye out for leaks. Seeing as you are working your way from the bottom to the top, it will be easy for them to figure out where the leaks are coming from.

Step 4: Mark the spot — You may not be able to get a fully accurate measurement of where the roof is leaking, but thanks to the water test, you can have a general idea. Mark the spot, and it will help the contractor know where to start on the repairs.

Now, you need to understand that you won’t always find leaks with this test. Sometimes, if the leaks are very minor, a small amount of water just won’t be enough to cause drips. Smaller leaks may only show up during heavy rains.

However, thanks to this test, you’ll be able to confirm your suspicions of leaks in your roof, and you can take steps to call in a contractor and make the repairs before the rain does serious damage.

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