Tips For Fixing A Roof Leak
Fixing a leaky roof can be one of the
most time consuming and most frustrating of home
repairs. For starters, finding where the roof is leaking
is not always easy, and even after the leak is found it
is sometimes difficult to know how to proceed.
The first thing homeowners should know is that leaks in
roofs are often difficult to find since they often
originate at a different area from where they show up
inside the home. In order to find the true source of the
leak it is important to consider how water flows. Water
will typically come in through worn out or missing
shingles, in places where nails have worked their way
loose or through poorly sealed vents, skylights and
chimneys. After the water has passed through the
roofing, it will flow along the roof rafters or the top
of the ceiling until it finds a spot to drip into the
It is important to look for the roof leak during the
day, when the light is good. A good way to start is by
going into the attic with a bright light. The best
strategy is to start where the leak made itself evident
and work backwards to the roof. Be sure to look for
signs of moisture along the framing. Be sure to also
look for water stains or discolorations that could have
been made by water.
After you have examined the area for wetness, turn on
the light and look for a hole where you see daylight
through the roof. This process may be difficult on a
wood shingled roof, since such a roof will have many
places where the shingles overlap and let in light.
If the problem turns out to be missing or damaged
shingles, the process of repairing the leaking roof is
fairly simple. Replacing the worn out or damaged
shingles should be enough to patch the leak and prevent
it from coming back. While you are up on the roof
replacing shingles, though, be sure to examine the
entire roof for problems. It is best to replace the
shingles as you find them damaged, rather than to wait
for the leak to reoccur before taking the necessary
Finding and repairing a leaking roof is not always easy,
but it is important to chase down any leaks quickly. An
undetected and unrepaired leak can quickly spread,
creating not just water damage inside the home but
serious damage to the roof and the structure of the home
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