Finding Leaks In Flat Roofs
All roofs are very difficult to repair
if they develop a leakage. However flat roofs are all
the more difficult to repair. It is so because it is
very difficult to find the leakage. If the roof is
sloping then it is not at all difficult to trace the
source of leakage because the slope on the roof makes
the water flow downwards. But in the case of flat roofs
there is no slope for the water to flow downwards and
thus the leaked water may travel a great distance and
direction from the source of the leakage. Hence it is
not unusual at all to find water at a place which is far
away from the source of leakage.
Finding the source of leakage
When you are looking for the source of
leakage on a flat roof then you should always try
looking for it when the roof is dry and cool because
only then you will be able to inspect the roof
carefully. Some of the common places where leakage
develops are the flashing that is located near, and on
the connecting points on the roof. You must always check
the flashing very minutely and lookout for any loose
pieces, gaps or cracks that may have formed. You must
also insure that the flashing has been installed and
integrated in such a way with other roofing materials
that it causes the rain water to move in the opposite
direction instead of flowing towards it.
If you notice that there is nothing wrong with the
flashing and it is in perfect shape then you may have to
look at other places to find the source of leakage. One
of the places where you may find the source of leakages
is the low area in the roofs where water may accumulate.
You will see that they usually look like dirt rings and
each one of them gradually becomes smaller as it reaches
its lowest point. When you have found the lowest point
you should minutely check the point for cracks, splits
or holes that may be causing water leakage and thus be a
source of it.
Another common place you must look for the source for
leakage is the seams of the roof. It has been noticed
that every time two different or similar pieces of
roofing materials are joint together, the seam always
turns out to be an automatic weak point where leaks are
likely to form in the future. The seams are susceptible
to forming cracks and splits with the passage of time.
Even the best sealed and done up seams weaken and
deteriorate. Hence you should never overlook any seams
while you are searching for the source of water leakage.
If you see that in spite of your best efforts you have
not been able to find the source of leakage on you flat
roof then as a last resort you shall have to use a hose
and water to find it. You should move in a very
systematic way. You should start with one section and
not the entire roof in one go. You should let the water
run for at least 15 minutes without a break. The time
factor is important because if you don’t allow it to run
for at least 15 minutes then the water will not flow
towards the source of leakage and not start leaking.
Hence if you are searching for the source of leakage in
the flat roof then be prepared to have plenty of
patience and pay a great deal of attention apparently
minor issues. With this attitude you should be able to
successfully locate the source of leakage in flat roofs.
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