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Finding the source of a leak in a home's roof can be frustrating. There are a number of signs of a possible roof leak. If there is water damage on the walls or ceiling, it could be caused by a leaky roof. Leaks can be hard to track down, but a homeowner can take some steps to trace the water back to its source.

If signs of water damage are found in the walls or ceiling, it may not always mean that the roof is leaking. The water could be coming from leaky pipes, or if the house is sealed up particularly tight, the source could even be condensation. Before calling a Virginia Beach roofing company, it is best to investigate any plumbing that may be above the water damage. The water might be leaking from a pipe and traveling for a long distance inside the walls before seeping into the plaster or drywall and becoming visible. Homeowners should also check the area for water damage when it is raining, too. If an area consistently becomes wet or gets worse during or a few hours after a storm, odds are good that there is a leak.

The attic is the best place to find the source of a roof leak in most cases.

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However, there may be previous water damage on the inside of the roof or rafters if the home is older. Yellowing walls could be a sign of previous damage. If the wood is wet to the touch, the homeowner should estimate where that spot is on the outside of the roof and inspect the roof from that angle.

One way to inspect the roof from the ground is to look for missing shingles. Other areas must be inspected close up. If done safely, a homeowner can also check the flashing around the chimney and any skylights or vent pipes. Other signs to look for are missing nails and exposed nail heads. The leak could be getting under the shingles higher up on the roof and traveling down the tar paper before making its way into the attic.

If the problem is with the flashing or not very extensive, an owner might very well be able to do the repair themselves. They should have some DIY experience, or they could cause more damage. Safety should always be a priority. For more serious damage to the roof, however, it's best to leave the work to a professional.

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