How to Do a Roof Repair on Your Leaky Roof
by xander on May 2, 2020
If water is dripping down across walls of ceilings, or in the bathroom, it’s because of a leaky roof. To identify the leak is the most complicated part of a leak. However, once the leak is identified it becomes much easier to solve. We will break down the steps of fixing some of the most common roof leaks. But that all depends on what area of the country you live in. If you live in an area where big snow storms hit and ice melts on snowy dams, the cause of that is ice dams. That will be its own topic because it will require a little more work.
If your roof is leaking you better fix it immediately because small problems lead to bigger problems. It could be something small like mold, rotted sheathing and framing, damaged ceilings, or destroyed installation. Even if these things are small or don’t bother you much you could wake up the next morning to a hole in your roof for putting something off for too long. For example, a leak that you noticed caused a very high repair bill was obvious by the ceiling stains for more than 2 years. The bill and repairs could have been minimal but you, the homeowner, kept putting it off instead of dealing with it right away.
HOW TO FIND ROOF LEAKS
Start by looking at the roof upwards from the stains. Roof penetrations are the first thing to look for. The most common source of a leak is the roof being penetrated by items. In roofs and even older roofs, it is unique for leaks to develop in areas that are open on uninterrupted shingles. Plumbing and roof vents, chimneys, skylights, and dormers, or pretty much anything that projects through the roof is leaks. It can happen to the left of the leak, to the right or even several feet above it. So, make sure all penetrations are sealed up with proper flashing and ice and water shields. Call a local roof repair expert to analyze the leak and give you an estimation for repairing. Do not risk your life if you have a steep roof or you have a high roof.
Having an attic with access to it can help you track down a leak and is one of the easiest ways. All you need to do is go up there with a flashlight and look for evidence. Mold, water stains, or black marks are signs. You may have to go up on the roof and examine the suspect(s) if attic access is a problem, or have vaulted ceilings. Mostly going up in the attic space will give you an accurate idea of the leak.
All in all, the most expensive thing to do is not doing anything when you are having a leak. The ultimate cost to not stop the leak on your roof can potentially damage more inside your house and cost you thousands of dollars. Take action right away when you notice anything on usual on your walls, ceilings, bathrooms, kitchens, and chimney.
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