I was putting some stuff in the loft of my Victorian house (UK) and found the roof was dripping wet on the inside and it is wet pretty much everywhere, not just in one area.

I have looked at the roof on both sides and don't see anything obvious.

I was looking for a slate that was out of place but couldn't see anything. Even if there was a dislodged slate that wouldn't explain why it's wet everywhere.

Any ideas what could be the cause?

Below are some photos from today but it was much worse a few days ago and there were small puddles on any of the plastic bags up there.

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Inside loft video Video inside loft

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    Depending on insulation and air movement, it could be condensation (if warm, moist air from inside the ouse is getting up and hitting the underside of a cold roof) - "pretty much everywhere" is my clue here - roof leaks don't tend to do that, but condensation does.
    – Ecnerwal
    Feb 2, 2021 at 22:57
  • Is that the backside of the slate with all the beads of water on it? If it is I fully agree with Ecnerwal, place a glass of ice water in the room and if the glass starts dripping you have proved that there is a lot of moisture in your loft and ventilation is needed or a dehumidifier.
    – Ed Beal
    Feb 3, 2021 at 2:13
  • Yes it's the back side. See the video here photos.app.goo.gl/xjC5AQ5x8pgJkZaKA Condensation was my first thought but 1 l have never seen it before (I don't go to the loft often but at least twice a year for 7 years) and 2. It is very wet.
    – J12966
    Feb 3, 2021 at 21:29
  • I agree with the diagnosis. Condensation is very wet. :). It does look like condensation. If you look twice a year you might not see it. This will happen when it's cold outside and warm and humid inside.
    – jay613
    Mar 5, 2021 at 1:50
  • @Ecnerwal you should write that up as an answer.
    – FreeMan
    Mar 5, 2021 at 14:11

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If you want to identify where the leak is coming from, get a buddy and have him spray your roof with water using a hose while your in the loft looking for water. Have him start from the low point of the roof and slowly work his way up. Sine you don't sound like a roofer I'd say this is your easiest way to find the leak.

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