When the snow melts and spring rains start, a lot of Michiganders start noticing roof leaks – and if that happens to you, you’ll need to scramble to repair the issue before it causes significant damage.

Here’s how to find a leak in your roof.

How to Find a Leak in Your Roof

You have to find a leak in your roof before you can repair it, so here’s what you need to do:

  • Get into your attic
  • Look for water damage
  • Have someone run water over your roof with a hose (unless it’s raining or the snow is melting on your roof

Here’s a closer look at each.

#1. Get Into Your Attic

You’ll want to wear a dust mask and bring a flashlight for dark corners. If you have exposed fiberglass insulation in your attic, move it aside.

Pro tip: Wear long sleeves to protect yourself from the fiberglass insulation.

#2. Look for Water Damage

Run the flashlight over the length of your ceiling. Look toward the peak of the roof – and work your way down on all sides. Water flows downward, so if you see water at a lower level than the peak, follow its trail all the way to the top.

#3. Have Someone Run Water Over Your Roof

Have someone outside to run a hose over your roof so you can find a leak while it’s active. This might take a few minutes – water may have to travel a long way before it comes in through your attic’s ceiling. Don’t forget to mark the leak when you find it.

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