Knowing the characteristics of water travel are key to finding
The path leaking water takes can be deceiving when traveling
down beams and through walls.
Lots of home owner and contractors alike go into large
projects to stop leak only to find that the roof or plumbing leaks are
Unless you are sure you know where the leak is coming from
you should always look toward the highest point.
The best way to locate any leak whether roofing or plumbing
is to follow it to its absolute highest point.
follow leaks to a dry point. Always look up higher and higher. Do not be
distracted by the spread of water or the water
you actually see at lower
points. Figures below shows roof vent
pipe flashing leak. Water falls from attic and hits a pipe brace,
bracing studs or floor and travels laterally.
plumbing leaks are
some of the more common reasons mold and mildew develop in a home.
Roofing leaks are also very
capable of flooding basements as well as wetting walls.
water will continue straight while some may not
Water droplets visible, but leak is much higher
by: Chet Thompson