Leaky Roof Detection

Hello All,
My cieling has a leak as a result of the hurricane. I have never been sure if it is a flat out leak or if it is a condensation problem. The sheetrock cieling is ruined and will have to be replaced once the drip is fixed. Should i tear it out while it is leaking, to try and determine its source? last night i caught about a half gallon of water in a bucket. Seems like a great volume for a mere venting problem. But the roof is brand new!
Peter Collin
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<< Should i tear it out while it is leaking, to try and determine its source? >>
Absolutely. The drywall is probably beyond hope anyway. Odds are you'll find the leak, and if it's like many we've all seen it won't be anywhere near the place you figured it woukd be. Godd luck.
Joe
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On 09 Sep 2004 14:32:53 GMT, snipped-for-privacy@aol.comtosspam (Joe Bobst) scribbled this interesting note:

Not necessarily. Where it shows up on the underside of the decking may or may not be where it is penetrating the roof. One certainty is where it shows up on the bottom side will either be where it is penetrating or it will be somewhere downhill from that spot.
Finding the source of roof leaks can sometimes be more of an art form than a science. More than once we've been called in to fix a leak "after everyone else in town" has had a go at it. And failed. Sometimes you have to look far beyond the obvious and look for more subtle clues. Those I can't describe without actually being there to see what your roof and house look like...
-- John Willis (Remove the Primes before e-mailing me)
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You will be tearing it out, but while it's still raining, push a pencil or drill through at the lowest point to allow the water to drain quicker. This may help keep it from crashing down unexpectedly. Flat roof? Tom Work at your leisure!
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