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Determining if Your Roof Is Leaking?

Is there a way to tell if the ceiling has water sitting in the membrane? Is there something like the "Stud Finder" that can detect water? I don't want to poke holes in it to find out! Any info will help.

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August 12, 20190 found this helpful

If there is a leak, there is usually a brown stain on the ceiling. It also feels soft to the touch.

 
August 13, 20190 found this helpful

I've dealt with leaks before but wonder about the question I asked.
Has to be a good way to tell if there is water up there...

Thanks :)

 

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August 12, 20190 found this helpful

Discoloration on ceiling and walls,spots on your exterior walls and shingles.

 

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August 13, 20190 found this helpful

You can, from some big box stores, rent a moisture meter to see if there is moisture in the walls or ceiling. Be sure to get good instruction on how to use it as I have heard if you don't use them right you get bad answers (false negatives/false positives).

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When our roof was leaking it was very evident. It was the year Hurricane Ivan ripped through western PA and we had missing shingles, bent gutters, and huge spots of peeled paint appeared almost instantly around out chimney's end in the living room.

The bad smell came with it too.Ugh.

With a subtle leak maybe one of these moisture meters can help you.

Post back with an update.

 
August 13, 20190 found this helpful

Now that I didn't know!
Gonna go on the hunt after posting this....

Thanks so much :)

 

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August 13, 20190 found this helpful

I just checked and Freight Harbor is one of the places that carries them if you want to buy one. Our Home Depot rents things...maybe they would rent one.

 
August 14, 20190 found this helpful

Outstanding info! Thinking that renting would be better Thank you

 

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August 14, 20190 found this helpful

If I may ask, when you use it, could you post back a review. I was talking to my hubby and we were thinking that if the rentals are good and give accurate readings, we may try it on our one basement wall to get a feel for what is happening there.

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Thanks for your consideration!

 

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August 14, 20190 found this helpful

A moisture meter can be used for checking moisture in walls, ceilings, wood and probably other items.
I purchased one and it has came in handy over the years so I do not believe you would regret buying one.
One of the problems is trying to decide which one/kind is best for your particular problem.
I opted for the pinless type but it seems the pin-type may be more popular.
The one at Harbor Freight is very inexpensive but it does not have some of the 'bells and whistles' a more expensive one has. This may be all you need.

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www.harborfreight.com/.../digital-mini-moisture-meter-67143...

I did check for others and some can be quite expensive but you may want one that has several ways to check for drywall or other material.

www.homedepot.com/.../100651810

YouTube has some good instructional videos.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEG6wl3htec

One thing I did learn:
If a leak is deep behind a wall, it may occur much higher than the point where the wall becomes wet.

 

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