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identifying and fixing roof leaks




Don’t let a dripping roof turn into a disaster!

A roof leak can cause more than just an annoyance, it can lead to costly repairs and potentially hazardous health issues. Time is of the essence in identifying and fixing roof leaks, but where do you start? In this informative guide, we will take you through the necessary steps to effectively identify and repair roof leaks, so you can keep your commercial building safe and sound.



Identifying the Source of Roof Leaks

The first step in fixing a roof leak is to determine the source of the leak. This can be done by conducting a visual inspection of the roof, looking for any signs of water damage, such as stains or mold. If the leak is not immediately visible, it may be necessary to use specialized equipment, such as a moisture meter or thermal imaging camera, to locate the source of the leak.


Cambridge Roofers’ recent roof survey utilizing thermal imaging cameras shed light on a critical issue in buildings: mold growth. The thermal imaging technology allowed for the detection of evidence of harmful mold on walls, which had formed due to the spread of moisture contaminated with bacteria. 

The importance of utilizing thermal imaging cameras in identifying mold growth cannot be overstated, as it highlights the need for proactive measures to address this health hazard and prevent its spread in buildings.

Fixing Damage to Prevent Further Roof Leaks

Once the source of the leak has been identified, it is important to repair any damage as soon as possible. This may involve patching holes, replacing damaged tiles, or repairing cracks in the roof. It is best to hire a professional roofer to make these repairs, as they will have the necessary tools and expertise to ensure that the repairs are made correctly.


Before: The image displays a roof in a state of disrepair, with noticeable broken tile, indicating a major leak.

After: The image displays a beautifully mended roof with a tightly fitted tile, and no apparent cracks or holes. The expertise of Cambridge Roofers has successfully sealed the leak, ensuring the roof’s strength and stability once more. The change is impressive and demonstrates the proficiency of the professional roofers in bringing the roof back to its former glory.

Check for any underlying problems

While repairing the damage may solve the immediate problem, it is essential to check for any underlying problems that may have caused the leak. For example, clogged gutters, poor drainage, or inadequate ventilation may have contributed to the leak. Addressing these underlying problems can help prevent future leaks from occurring.


The images above showcases a clogged gutter filled with debris, causing water to overflow and eventually lead to a leak in the roof. Thanks to the thorough approach of Cambridge Roofers, not only was the immediate damage repaired but steps were also taken to prevent future leaks from occurring.  

A separate image also shows a pool of standing water on the roof, indicating poor drainage and an increased risk of future leaks.

Keep an eye on the weather

Weather can be a significant factor in the development of roof leaks. Heavy rains, high winds, and hail can all cause damage to a roof, leading to leaks. To prevent weather-related damage, it is important to keep the roof in good condition and to have any repairs made as soon as possible.

identifying and fixing roof leaks

The storm caused significant damage with two ridge tiles missing, likely due to the intense winds. These missing tiles can leave the roof structure exposed and vulnerable to further damage in future weather events. It is important to have this issue promptly addressed to prevent any additional harm.

In conclusion, identifying and fixing roof leaks is essential for the longevity and performance of a commercial building. By following these steps, you can prevent further damage and ensure that your roof remains in good condition for many years to come. Don’t ignore the signs of a roof leak – the longer you wait, the more expensive the repair may become. 

Contact Cambridge Roofers today and take the first step towards a leak-free roof!

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