I am a brand new home owner with almost no experience with DIY stuff. There was a few days of significant rain and now my wife noticed some stains on our 2nd floor ceiling that we are pretty sure weren't there before. The stains aren't huge: probably about a half dozen spots that are between 2 and 10 inches in diameter. They are all localized in an area of about 2 feet square. When we bought the house a few weeks ago the inspector did not notice any problems with the roof or evidence of leaking but that was before Hurricane Irene rolled through.
I'm not really sure how to approach the problem. It has stopped raining today and looking in the attic a bit I don't see any obvious place where water came through. All of the insulation above the second floor ceiling looks dry. Should I get up on the roof and look? (A daunting proposition for someone of my skill level.) Should I just call my homeowner's insurance to start a claim process? (With $1000 deductible I'm not sure if that is the right play.) Should I wait until it rains again and go up in the attic and look for leaks? Should I just watch the stain to see if it gets worse?