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How to find a roof leak

You discover a puddle of water in your kitchen. Your first thought is the dog had an accident. As you get near the puddle, you see that it’s not from the dog. You reach over and pull the kitchen sink cupboard open. No water. You look across to the fridge, and you don’t see any water pooling near it. Then the thought pops into your head. You look up and see a discolored spot on the ceiling about the size of a quarter. Now what?

At NexGen Roofing & Exteriors, we want to help you find roof leaks before they become huge problems that leak into your home. Roof leaks can cause thousands of dollars in damage if ignored. For most home and business owners, they don’t even realize they have a roof leak until it’s too late.

In this article, NexGen is going to share the signs of potential roof leaks, as well as where to look for leaks if you’re concerned.


A number of roofing issues can cause roof leaks. It could be your roofing material, the flashing, your gutters, or your roofing paper. Age, damage, or installation negligence can be to blame for your roof leaks, and it’s your job to figure out which one is responsible. Here are those roof leak causes again:

  • Material malfunction
  • Flashing failure
  • Gutter damage
  • Paper issues
  • Aging
  • Storm or debris damage
  • Installation negligence


If you’ve discovered a roof leak in your home or business, you may have found one of these common signs:

  • Water drip
  • Water stains
  • Water spots
  • Mildew or mold
  • Missing shingles or other roof material


Now that you know what to look for, it’s time to search certain areas of your home or business to discover roof leaks, if they exist. A great way to make sure you don’t have roof leaks is to call a local roofer to inspect your roof, as well as a building inspector to check the inside of your home. Here’s where you can check for leaks:


If you have an attic, you can look for leaks from the roof into the attic space. Most of the leaks run from the interior roof down the trusses into the corners where you cannot necessarily see the water clearly. You may need to move some of your things or some insulation to check for leaks.


Whether in your attic, garage, or basement, insulation can hide dangerous water leaks until it’s too late. What’s more, mildew and mold can pop up in and around insulation. Wet, moist environments are where mold and mildew typically grow.


Take a walk around your home. Look along the gutters and the foundation of your home. Water can find its way into your home in various ways. Damage, material failures, or more can allow water inside. Look for broken gutters or roofing materials. Search for areas near your foundation that’s pooling water. Any of these signs could be a potential water leak.

If you find a potential roof leak, give NexGen Roofing & Exteriors a call. One of our expert local roofers will come out and inspect your roof for any potential damages that could cause a water leak. Then, if we find anything, we’ll give you a free estimate on what it would take to fix it.

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