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Repairing a roof leak
Water stains across the ceilings and walls? The smell of moisture inside the house? You are probably experiencing a water leak. The hardest thing about roof leaks is finding them. Even though you may not think like this, small leaks are very easy to fix so don’t procrastinate with them. This article will help you explain where to look for leaks, what to look for and what are the most common causes. We will not go into how to fix big leaks because we find that a problem for a professional contractor. So if you notice a leak, don’t dramatize but get on your roof and inspect it and fix it as soon as possible.
If you really notice a leak, the best advice we can give is to fic it as soon as possible. Why? Because even though the way it looks doesn’t bother you or you are planning to get a new roof soon, procrastinating with this problem can result in a major disaster. Even the smallest leak can do a big damage not only to your roofing system but also to your belongings and your family. Broken flashing, damaged ceiling, mold, rotted sheathing- these are all problems that occur due to a leak that has not been noticed or fixed. So remember, if you let a small scratch or hole stay and if you are too lazy to fix it, call your contractor- you will need him.
The main thing to focus on and the first thing you should look for when you are trying to detect a roof leak is the roof uphill from the strains. Most often a cause of roof leaks are the objects that penetrate the roof. It might sound strange, but it is rare that a leak develops in open area shingles. Penetrations include roof vents, dormers, chimneys, flashing- it is anything that is pushed through the roof. These don’t always have to the right in the place of a leak. Search a few meters away from it
If you have access to the attic, that is the easiest way to find a leak. Go to your attic with a flashlight in your hand and inspect and look for the evidence. If a leak has really occurred, there should be traces of mold or water. However, many people don’t have access to the attic so if you are one of them, get the ladder and inspect your roof from the top.
If you still can’t identify the problem and the place of a leak, ask someone to help you and climb to your roof with a hosepipe. This is the easiest way to detect a leak. Start soaking the area where you think a leak may appear. On example, saturate the areas where your roof is penetrated; flashing, chimneys, vents, etc. While you are enjoying yourself, you helper should be inside the house waiting for the water to come in. Be sure to really we the place because water takes a little longer to go deep in the house. If you hear your helper yell to stop, you found a roof leak.
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