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Three Places To Check For Leaks In A Flat Roof

by Dawn Henry

If you see water damage on the roof of your house, finding the leak is not as easy as looking at the part of your roof directly above the damage on your ceiling. Water can leak under your roofing and travel for several feet along the decking before it finds a point of entry to your attic. From there, water can travel along wiring, HVAC ducts, and other objects in your attic before it finally makes its way into your house. Thus, if you want to find leaks in your roof, you will need to learn how to recognize signs of roof damage. 


Flashing is a piece of metal trim that goes along the base of any structures that extend up from your roof to direct water onto the roof so that it can't run down the structure and under your roof. If the caulking or tar used to seal the top of the flashing pulls away from your roof, water can leak behind the flashing and under your roof. Thus, you will want to inspect every inch of your roof. If you find damaged caulking, scrape away the damaged sections and then redo them.


Collars are pieces of metal trim that go along the base of pipes that extend up from your roof. Check collars for dents that could cause them to pull away from the pipe or your roof. You will also want to check the caulking or tar along the top and bottom of the collar to make sure that it is intact. If you find a damaged collar, replace it. If the caulking is starting to crack, scrape it away and redo it. 


Walk all of the seams in your roof. A flat tar roof is made from alternating layers of tarpaper and tar. Look for places where the edges of the tarpaper are showing through the tar on top of your roof. You should also look for blisters, or sections of loose tarpaper caused by water leaking through a seam and getting trapped between layers of tarpaper. If you find blisters, you will need to call in a professional roofer to make lasting repairs to your roof. You can, however, paint over the seam with tar to make a temporary patch until a roofer is able to get to your roof and take care of it permanently.  

If you take all of these steps, and you still don't find any evidence of a leak, then it is time to call in reinforcements. A professional roofer will have the skills to check for leaks where a layperson finds nothing. A professional roofing service will also be able to make sure repairs are done permanently.