Have you noticed that you have large stains across the top of your ceiling? Have you noticed a few drops of water hitting the top of your head or nose when you're simply trying to read a book during the evening hours? Have you found that your ceiling is sagging a bit? At the very least, you have a leaky roof. However, there's nothing to fear. Believe it or not, the vast majority of leaks can possibly be cured without the assistance of a professional. Throughout the course of this brief article, you'll learn a bit about leaky roofs and how you can begin the process of repairing leaks on your very own.
Before beginning with this process, it should be noted that you should not ignore minor leaks. If left alone, a minor leak can become exacerbated and transform into a much greater problem, causing mold or rotting wood at the very least, than it originally was. This means a number of things for you and your pocketbook. First and foremost, the job will be much more difficult to fix. Although minor leaks are relatively easy to fix, larger leaks often times do require the help of a professional roofer. This can set you back a substantial amount, which can be frustrating, especially when you realize that you could have easily have fixed the problem yourself, saved yourself a bit of change, and not worried about the issue. Flashing leaks, in particular, are notorious for developing into a problem that is far bigger than the original issue.
Search For Leak Signs
In most cases, being cognizant of where the water is coming from will lead you right to the very source of a leak. Even in the case of a minor leak, you can usually see a trail of running water during rainfalls. If you cannot easily spot this area, take a look at the streak; from the source of the leak, you will likely find a darker, rounded spot, while a trail fades away the further it gets away from the original source of the leak.
Don't be timid if you can't find a leaky spot right away. Sometimes this process will require that you remove shingles from your roof in order to find the source of the leak. You will see water-stained felt and sometimes even rotting wood around the source of the leak after you remove the shingle. Shingles are easily removable and can be replaced with great ease.
Small Leak Solutions
Fixing a small leak is usually an easy task, although this is not always the case. Sometimes it is even difficult to locate a leak due to the very fact that it is small. A larger leak is always much more obvious than a smaller one and, as such, it can take more time to locate such a phenomenon. Go to your attic, and if you have a plastic vapor barrier, usually a plastic sheet that is between your insulation and ceiling, feel free to push that aside and go on the lookout for the offending leak.
Water will often run to the open areas in these vapor collectors, such as near light fixtures and the like. Plugging up a leak when it is found is quite simple and usually takes a bit of roof cement and a scraper. Plug up the offending leak during a dry night with roof cement, then use the scraper to make sure the area is nice and smooth and simply wait several hours for the offending area to dry.
Sometimes, roof leaks are in fact caused by "shiners" or missed nails. Condensation tends to collect on these nails and will drip onto the floor. Remove such nails and replace the offending area with condenser.
This article has given you some insight into what causes leaks and how you, on your own, can fix them. If you find that you can't fix the leaks that you have found in your roof on your own, contact a local roofing repair contractor to get the job done for you.Share