Tips To Find And Fix A Leak On Your Roof
Leaks are the most common roofing problems because of the changing weather, environmental toxins, and everyday wear and tear. Identifying a leak early is the best way to prevent serious damage but many people do not realize they have a leak until it is too late. Any visible water damage inside the building indicates that you have a leak. It can be challenging to find the source of a leak, so you should call a roofing contractor to help.
Tips to Find and Fix a Leak
If you think you have a leak, you can attempt to find it yourself and repair it if small enough. The first place to check is roof penetrations, such as vents, ducts, dormers, and siding. These are the most common places for leaks to start. Watch for water stains, mold, and black marks and should you notice these, you will know you have a leak. In that case, you should contact a roofer to inspect and repair the problem.
It is not always easy to find leaks and some are too small for untrained eyes to find. Hiring a professional roofer will be the best way to find these. By soaking the roof with water and watching for leaks on the inside leaks can be identified. Sometimes drips will appear far away from the actual leak and this is common in roofing where plastic vapor barriers are installed in the insulation. Professional roofers can move this aside to find the smallest leaks that may have been hiding from you.
- Check the vents: Plumbing vent boots are typically made from plastic, metal, or both. Plastic cracks easily and metal seams can open, making the vent boot a good place to start looking for leaks. Any broken seams or cracked plastic needs to be replaced immediately. When you are replacing the broken or cracked vent, replace all nails with screws because they interfere less with the roofing material.
- Dormers: When the weather is severe, water can leak from places other than the rooftop. Cracks in windows, dormers, and siding are all possible and will allow water to seep inside. Check the edges with a knife to identify any leaks and then if you are unable to repair the cracks yourself, you can call a roofer to add new caulk to seal the damaged areas.
- Flashing: Flashing is usually installed in buildings where the walls intersect the roof. Flashing is used to move water away from the roof. With time they can rust, weaken and allow leaking so if you see any rusted or defective flashing, reach out to a roofer to see that it gets repaired immediately.
Call us today to schedule an inspection so we can help you to find any leaks. We have the experience and trained roofers to find even the smallest leak, so your roof will be secure for years to come.