Just because you know where you set the bucket to catch the water coming in that doesn't mean that is where the leak is located on the roof. These are some of the main things we do to determine where a leak might be located.
1. We start by going through the property and mapping out where the leaks are coming in at.
2. We clear any debris from the area above the leak and in sometimes in a large radius around where the leaks are occurring. A lot of the old rubber roofs that we see are covered with rock. That was the method used to hold the rubber in place in previous years.
3. When removing debris we look for any patches or seams in the roofing material. We are also looking for any holes or tears in the material.
4. While on the roof we make sure to examine the drains and pipes that we see to make sure they are properly sealed. An inexperienced roofer might use silicone or tar on these areas. The right thing to do is make sure the material is welded where needed or the right fix is used for that particular roofing material. For example, tar on tin or rubber is only a temporary fix and can end up getting heated by the sun and leave your roof open to future leaks.
5. Examining ares where water pooling occurs should be on the roofers list as well. A lot of the times in the winter water freezes in these areas and can compromise the roofing material. An experienced roofer will know what they are looking for in these areas.
Maintenance on your roof including cleaning and spot checks can save you a lot of trouble and save you a lot of money in the long run. If and when water makes it in it can damage interior ceilings and even inventory or equipment used for daily operations.
If you have any questions or comments or need an estimate please feel free to contact us at 712-225-5555. We will send a repair specialist immediately.