Understanding Roofing Leaks

08 Feb Understanding Roofing Leaks

Leaky roofs are a common but annoying problem that many homeowners face.  To prevent needing to rush around during a rainstorm placing buckets around your house, fix the leaks before they become a real problem.   However, finding the actual spot where your roof is leaking can be quite the challenge.  Read on to help you understand and prevent leaks in your home.

Finding the Leak

A leak inside the home does not necessarily mean that the roof is leaking right above the same spot.   If your roof is slanted, water can leak high on the roof, roll down on an inner layer and then leak through the attic lower down on the house.  Beams, barriers, joints, and more can cause water to change direction as well.  Many homeowners do not even realize that their roof is leaking until it is too late.  To locate a leak, go up into your attic with a flashlight during a rainstorm and find the leak.  On a dry day, mark the location of the leak on your roof.  Have a professional inspect your roof for other problems, such as loose or missing shingles, damaged flashing, holes in the roof punched by broken hinges, and more.  You can also run a hose along your roof to find the location of the leak.  

Fixing the Leak

After you have determined the cause of your leak, you have the knowledge to fix it.  Whether your leak is caused by vents, weathered flashing, cracks near the chimney etc.  repair and replace any broken pieces.    It is probably best to replace any broken or cracked pieces.  Re-caulk any old or missing caulk along windows, replace siding, fix rusted joints, etc.  Do not try to fix leaks on your roof with tape, as the fix will only be temporary, and your roof will leak again next time there is a big storm.  

Preventing Future Leaks

In order to prevent future leaks, get your roof inspected twice a year by a roofing professional.  They will look at your roof to identify problems, current and future.  You may need to replace or repair parts of your roof in order to prevent your roof from leaking next time it rains.  Pipes are a major cause of leaky roofs, so make sure that the collars and flashing around them are in tip top shape.  

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