It isn?t as simple as you would think to see if your shed has a leak, it is often not that easy to spot. If you don?t use your shed often, it could easily be overlooked. It is a good idea to check periodically to see if water is getting in anywhere. Over time, water inside a shed will damage whatever is inside it and can cause damage to the shed itself.
Look out for discolouration: to check for leaks you?ll need to look for discolouration on the inside roof and walls of the shed. Check for any discolouration to the structure, especially stains and darker patches. Also, check for discolouration on fabric as this could mean there is mould growing. But, do keep in mind that mould can also be caused by condensation.
Examine all the items in your shed to determine what the water is dripping onto: look for patches of rust, on your tools and any other metal items. The items affected may not be directly under the leak ? as water may be running down walls and collecting.
Wait until it rains and then examine your shed: if you are having trouble spotting any discolouration, examine the shed after a rainfall. If there are any puddles in the shed, it means you have a leak. The puddles will most likely form under or near a crack in the shed.
Distinguish condensation from a leak: condensation occurs when the moisture in the air forms water droplets on a cold surface. Don?t confuse condensation with a leak. Avoid this problem by keeping your shed well-ventilated and ensuring the contents aren?t too close together as this prevents air circulation. Try not to stack things against the external walls.
Avoid guttering problems: guttering is a means of moving water away from the shed by directing it to drains in the ground. Check any guttering you have on your shed is clear.
Cut away vegetation growing on the sides of the shed: you should also take the opportunity to clear vegetation or any dirt growing against the external walls of the shed.