Skylights are a great addition to the design of a home if you love natural light filling the space. Unfortunately, even the best skylights can spring leaks from time to time. Is your skylight leaking? Here, you'll find a few tips to help you determine if the leaks around your skylight are from it, or if there are problems elsewhere that need to be repaired.

Condensation

Does your skylight oftentimes become coated with condensation? If so, the moisture that you see building up or dripping from the skylight may not be a leak – it could just be the condensation dripping and running into the surrounding materials.

To test this concept, reduce the humidity levels in your home. To reduce the moisture levels in your home:

  • Run a dehumidifier – whole house dehumidifying systems are available if your entire home shows sign of interior moisture problems.
  • Keep your ceiling fans turned on to circulate the air.
  • Use the vents in your kitchen and bathroom when cooking and bathing to remove moisture from your home. 
  • Limit the number of houseplants you keep in the home, as those plants release more moisture than you might think.

Doing all of these things should reduce the moisture level enough to prevent the forming of condensation on the skylight. If it doesn't, you'll need some professional help identifying why the condensation has become an issue.

Infrared Camera

An infrared camera can be used to show you exactly where the roofing and interior materials are wet. Once you see what's wet, you'll be able to get a better idea of where the water is coming from.

Infrared cameras can be leased from many home improvement stores. To use it:

  • Wait for a heavy rain.
  • After the rain has passed and the winds have died down, grab the infrared camera and head to the roof.
  • Use the camera to get an image of the differing temperatures on the roof.
  • The areas that are cooler than others are the areas that are holding moisture.

Sometimes, this won't provide a clear image of what's going on, but it can help in a lot of cases.

This is not a problem that you can ignore for long. Hopefully, with the help of a roofing professional, you can put a stop to the leaks and get back to enjoying all of the natural light that the skylight allows into your home. For more help, contact a local roofing company like Right Way Roofing, Inc

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