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How to Repair a Roof Leak?

If you notice your home has water stains running down the walls or extending across the ceiling, it could be a sign that the roof is leaking.

The hard part of this process is tracking them down, repairing the roof  is easy. Below are some tricks that will help you in finding and repairing the most common types of roof leaks.

How to Find a Leak From Inside Your Home

When tracking down a leak, the attic is the first place to get started. While starting from the inside of your house can seem counter-intuitive, the lack of tile roof can make it easier for you to spot the problem. Examine the underside of your roof using a flashlight. Look out for signs of light coming through the plywood, which will be proof of holes. If you notice some underside areas being darker than others, then it could be a sign. If there is an area that has black mould, this could be where the roof is leaking from. Moulds thrive on moisture.

How to Find a Leak on The Rooftop

The most common cause of leaks in homes is anything projecting through the roofing chimney vents and plumbing, skylight, exhaust flues, and dormer are some of the common culprits. The flashing and seals around them can start weakening with time, which makes the loose and allows rain and snow to get inside. Some of the other causes of roof leaks are holes, missing or ageing shingles, clogged gutters or crumbling chimneys.

Examining Roof Flashing

Flashing is the thin strip of metal used in joints to prevent any snow or water from seeping in and causing damage. The flashing varies and will depend on the type and style of the roof of your home, but some of the areas that have it include skylights, chimneys, dormer windows, and pipes. Flashing is usually installed where the roof meets the wall or the valleys of the roofing.

It needs to be installed when roofing the house and should be properly sealed. The metal is going to develop cracks, come loose, and get damaged as a result of the weather.

How to Find a Leak through Holes

Even tiny holes can result in a leak. It is obvious to see holes resulting from weather damage, but holes are often a result of roofing nails that have been misplaced or mounting brackets for satellite or antenna. When you find a hole, mark it then see if there are any other holes in your roofing. You will have an easier time patching the roof.

Annual roof inspection during the spring or summer. Regularly reseal around chimney and plumbing pipes, vents, or anything installed on the roof such as a satellite dish. Check the chimney mortar and flashings too from time to time.

When you use the above tips, you are going to reduce the risk of having a leaky roof while making your roof last longer.

If you’re still not confident about repairing a roof leak, contact Mr Highlights Roofing today and we will help you in a jiffy!