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How To Fix Roof Leaks

By Jo Brown on April 18, 2013

Water that enters a house through a leaking roof can lead to costly repairs. If you see water leaking into your house, then a rook leak is likely. Leaks in a roof can be caused by a variety of reasons. The repairs needed for a roof leak will vary based on severity and the location of the leak. Review a few ways your roof can be repaired.

Minor Leaks

Small leaks in your roof will cause water stains to appear on the ceiling in a room or leave streaks on a wall. Roof leaks need to be found and repaired quickly to prevent further damage to your home. If you have water leaking into the house, then there is the possibility of mold and possible rotting of wood.

Finding a Leak

Leaks can typically be found by looking at the underside of your roof. This is best done in the attic or a crawl space. You need to look for damp areas of the roof. Damp areas are where water is entering the home. Another option is to look for any holes or penetrations from the top of the roof. Common places for penetrations include the location of vents and chimneys. If a leak cannot be found, then you should have a friend run water on the roof while you are in the attic. You want to look for dripping water.

Vent Boots

The boot that surrounds a vent that comes out of your roof is a gasket that is supposed to prevent leaks by sealing the roof and the vent pipe. One reason a leak occurs at a vent boot is because of a loose nail or a cracked gasket. You can easily drive the nails back in with a hammer or the vent boot may need to be replaced. If this is not an option, the roofing cement can be used to seal any vent boot leaks. Screws can also be used to secure the vent boot to the roof.

Roof Vents

Old vents on your roof can develop cracks over time. Examine the housing of each roof vent to see if a crack or other defect is present. You will need to remove the nails used to secure the vent and then take it out. If you do this carefully, then shingles may not need to be removed. Insert the new vent and drive nails using a hammer to secure it to the roof. Another option is to use screws. Cover the head of screws or nails with roofing cement.

Small Holes

Leaking into your home may come from small holes in the shingles. Small holes can result from nails or screws used to secure an antenna or satellite dish. Small holes allow water to run penetrate the home during any rain storm. A simple way to repair small holes in shingles is to use roofing cement. You will need to use a putty knife or plastic scraper to fill all the holes.

Step Flashing

Flashing that is used where two different sections of the roof meet can channel water if is it not secured. A piece of step flashing can be secured with caulk or by using roofing cement. If you find that a piece of flashing is rusted, then it will need to be replaced. Shingles need to be removed before the flashing can be pried out.

Walls and Dormers

Dormers on your roof may have a window with caulking that has begun to crack. Caulking with cracks can allow water to seep into your house. This is the same as having a leak in the roof. The flashing that is on the bottom of the dormer may need additional caulk or roofing cement. Remove the old caulk around the window and then run a new bead.

Damaged Shingles

A damaged shingle on your roof can allow water to enter your home. Damaged shingles may be able to be repaired by covering the damaged area with roofing cement. Another option is to remove the shingle and replace it with a new piece. Nail the new piece onto the roof where it overlaps the existing shingles using roofing nails. Make sure to cover the nail heads with your roofing cement.

A home needs to be loved and cared like a family. There are contractors that feel the same way. We have written numerous articles all over the web on roofing tips and information. If you like anything we have written then you can come visit us on our Calgary Roofing website.

Original article published on SooperArticles.com

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