All types of roof leaks are normally a consequence of a flaw in the progression of flow of water. A roofing system is designed so that any water will start flowing from the highest point on the roof to the lowest point so that the water reaches the edge of the roof. If the water is unable to reach the edge of the roof, then there is a problem with you roof that needs fixing.
It may be a difficult task to locate the exact point at which a leak is occurring. This is mainly because the water stain on your ceiling does not necessarily correspond with point of entry of water into your home. Due to the viscosity of water, it can run down trusses or rafters and show inside a home a long way from the actual source.
The best way to find yourself the source of the leak is climb to the attic and search for signs of water damage on the underside of the roof deck. This will provide you with a good idea of where the roof leak is. Once you have located the leak, the process of repair is not difficult. So long as there is no structural damage, your job will be fairly simple.
If water is coming into your house through the flat surface of the roof deck, then it is likely that there is damage to a shingle. It could be wind damage or just as a result of a direct blow from a falling object. For this case, the easiest solution is to repair the damaged shingle.
In some cases however, the water comes into the house through your chimney or a vent. This may be as a result of the seam where the flashing meets the chimney or vent having a gap. This normally happens due to a shift in the pipe. The caulk that was used may also be drying out. For most cases, a fresh coat of tar seems to be an effective solution.
On occasion, a falling tree or branch may have pierced the flashing. In this case, it will need replacing. You may purchase rolls of aluminum flashing which is flexible enough for you to cut and can be worked by hand.
However, while roof repair is vital, it is paramount that you put your safety into consideration first. There is no point trying to save some money by fixing your roof yourself and ultimately paying more than you should have in terms of medical fees.
Before you get on that ladder, ensure that you have proper safety equipment. This includes gloves, head gear and some foot wear. Footwear is vital especially in times of bad weather. You do not want to slip and fall while on top of your ladder or roof. Since the job involves risk, having a partner with you would also be a great idea. This will limit your exposure to risk and in case anything occurs, you will have immediate help.
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