Pinpointing roof leak no easy task

Homeowner should check 3 key areas

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Last week, a reader asked if we knew of a quick fix for a leak that showed up after her garage was expanded and a front porch was remodeled. We offered a temporary solution, giving her a primer in the sometimes-confusing world of caulk. Today, we would like to tell her how to begin getting rid of the leak once and for all. Water is the bane of all homebuilding, whether new construction or renovation. It will seek the weak point in the structure and find its way inside. What's more, leaks can be tough to locate. Their source and the place they ultimately show up inside the building can be many feet apart. Kevin had a persistent leak in his Mansard roof in Alameda, Calif. Mansard roofs, sometimes called French roofs, have steeply pitched, nearly vertical sides that connect with the building's walls. The top of the roof is pitched only enough to shed water and is almost always invisible from the ground. This created more living space and, at one point in history, a tax dodge...