How can we tackle Roof Leakage?
A small negligence can be a big problem when it comes to a leaking roof. From small holes in ceilings to unpredictable weather conditions, the reasons often seem small, but it makes a mountain out of a molehill. The tiny leaks that go unnoticed are usually the ones that make the entire condition shaky in a matter of a few months.
Sometimes, the build-up damage to the years seems irreversible and often leaves you with no time for contemplation. It can solicit big issues like damaged framing, rotted ceilings, and tempered sheathing. It often destroys the insulation of the entire house. In such instances of extensive damage, it is good to seek expert advice and resort to new forever roofing altogether. However, fixing leakages then and there can save you a lot of time, energy and of course, money.
Tackling a leakage might not be an arduous job, as locating one might be. To minimize the damage, and to make your work easy, we are providing a few methods that can help you to track down the roof leakages and also, tackle them at their earnest.
How to prevent leaks from spreading?
Leakages may lead to a considerable amount of pooling of water, and you might notice a water stain or a little bulged area in your roof. Places like light fixtures or another penetration area are more prone to pooling. This point needs a fix at the earliest, as water may weaken your roof; hence, it is important to give it an escape route.
For this, you need to make a hole in the bulged area and let the water flow out. You can also position a bucket underneath to deploy it. The next step is to find the source of the leakage and take necessary repair actions.
How can you find the leakage?
It is nearly difficult for roofs to leak unless there is a broken sheeting or a deteriorated tape joint. The damages that occurred during the installation and mounting of rooftop accessories like brackets or antennas can also be a cause of concern. So, the first step to finding a leak is to look at these probable places.
Open penetrations on a rooftop are also susceptible points of the leakage. You should thoroughly investigate the area around these projections to find a leak. Some common places where you can check for the leakages are the following.
- Roof vents
- Walls and corner of the windows
- Roof chimneys
In the maximum number of cases, leaks occur in and around these places. If not, you can inspect your attic with the help of a flashlight and look for areas turning black or moist.
If the leak is still undiscoverable, you can seek help. Another method to find difficult leakages is to divide the entire roof area into small sections and then run water through them. You can use your garden hose to run down an adequate amount of water through each patch. Ask someone to keep an eye from inside the house. Places, where drip occurs, is your near area of the point of leakage. This method might even take hours as it requires water to be run patiently from one section to another. But there are bleak chances of missing any leak point with this one.
Ways to repair small leaks.
Now that you have discovered the leak in your roof, the next step would be to fix them. Any small holes on the roof probably caused due to, maybe, a missing nail can be easily handled by replacing it with a rubber- washer screws. You can patch the tiny holes with caulk. Sometimes the caulk around the windows and other edges gets old and cracked, you can dig it out, with the help of a putty knife. Fill the area with some good-quality caulk and allow it to dry. You can use a water-resistant material available at a hardware store for covering broken vents and seams. Some damaged vents, however, require replacing.
How to handle more complex problems?
Not every roofing problem needs a caulk covering; this is but a temporary solution. Sometimes, you might have to look for problems under the surface of the roof. For this, you might have to detach the shingles and do the necessary fix. Be careful not to break the shingles while removing them.
Metal roof flashing protects roof edges and acts as an intersection between roof base and other outlets like vents, chimneys, and skylights. Breaking or rusting of the flashing can also be a common cause of leakage. You might also require changing your vent flashing altogether.
Keep an eye on ventilation and clogged pipes.
Condensation of the vapors from inside the house can cause your ceiling to rot and thus lead to leakage. Make enough room for ventilation so that the moisture does not get trapped in the attic. Also, check the pipes regularly to avoid clogging your drainage system.
Do not allow water to clog your roof. Make sure you regularly sweep the debris and snow. If water collects at a place, take immediate action of removing it. For any leakage problem, taking instant action is the most important thing to do. Remember, the first sign of leakage appears after a lot of internal damage has taken place.
Jeffery is a passionate writer & guest blogger. Writing helps him to improve his knowledge, skills & understanding about the specific industry. He loves writing & sharing his knowledge mostly in the Roofing industry. Currently, he is working with a roofing Company. He believes home safety is the key for a peaceful life & wants to spread his belief across the world. Apart from writing, He loves Traveling and Reading.