Moisture Meter may Help with Roof Leak Detection

Learn how you can take steps to find a roof leak before it causes major damage.

A roof leak is always a major problem. Left to its own devices, a roof leak will worsen over time, as water seeps into the home and causes everything from mold and mildew growth to structural damage. If you suspect a roof leak, the first thing you should do is find the source so you can fix it.

Initial Signs of Roof Damage

Be on the lookout for the following signs of roof damage, especially in the rainy season:

  • Water on interior walls of your home
  • Soft or soggy walls
  • Mold or mildew (or a moldy, mildew smell)

If you see or smell these signs, the first thing you should do is get a moisture meter.

What Is a Moisture Meter?

A moisture meter is a small, handheld tool that allows you to measure the ambient moisture in a particular area. They’re safe to use here in Dallas because our climate tends to be very dry. High humidity readings are unlikely to cause false positives in the meter.

After you have the meter, use it after the next rainstorm or whenever you notice a wet, mildew-like smell. Be on the lookout for high moisture readings. These readings can indicate that your roof has missing shingles or damaged materials.

If you detect a possible leak, your first action should be to call MEIS Roofing & Construction. We can give your roof an in-depth inspection, including using thermal imaging techniques, to determine where the leak is coming from and how we can fix it. The sooner we fix the problem, the more likely we are to limit the damage.

Call us today to learn more and get started.

Source: The Times-Picayne, “Moisture meters are a handy way to scope out leaks: a HomeWork column,” MaryAnn Miller, Sep. 10, 2013