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5 Quick Steps To Fix Roof Leaks

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Oct 15, 2018
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Roof Repairs, silicone roofing, Roof Leaks

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When do you usually realize your roof is leaking? Unfortunately, the answer isn't "When it's 70 and sunny outside!"

While Accurate Roof Systems specializes in Silicone Roofing to repair and seal roofs, we wanted to give a bit of roofer's wisdom on patching shingle roof leaks because most people don't realize they need a roof until they get a leak.

With this being the case, here are a couple of pointers on how to quickly patch a roof until you get time to call us for a lasting solution.

 

1. Identify The Leak Location On The Ceiling

Pinpoint the area of your ceiling where the leak is coming from to find the leak faster.

Understand, that the leak in your ceiling isn't always directly underneath the actual hole in your roof. In fact, it rarely is.

Often times, the leak on the roof will drip down the roof which displaces the assumed leak's origin.

Leaks can also cause pooling on your ceiling, making it even more difficult to pinpoint the exact location of the leak. 

 

2. Identify The Leak Location In The Attic

Head up to the attic to the area directly above your ceiling leak, and (if you can) try to identify where the water is leaking in from.

Usually, this part is pretty easy since it'll run down the inside of the roof if it's not a direct drip; however, keep the drip factor in mind in case you need to hunt for it.

Once identified, either measure the hole's location from the edges of the attic to the hole or, depending on how big it is, stick something through it to easily identify it.

 

 3. Seal The Hole From The Outside

Now that you've identified the hole, go outside with spare shingles, roof asphalt/cement, and/or any sealant putty of your choice, and repair the damaged area.

Clear cracks don't need replacement of the shingle. Simply caulking it should do the job.

Same goes for leaking joints where things like vents or chimneys meet the roof. Caulking those areas should do the trick.

Identify damaged shingles by noting which ones are cracked, curled, or missing. This way you can help ensure no leaks happen in the near future.

 

4. Double Check The Attic

Hop back inside and check your attic to make sure the damaged area is sealed up from the inside.

If it's not raining, have someone else run a hose for a bit on the roof. This usually identifies any other leaks.

If it's still leaking either you found the wrong spot, have more than one leak, need more sealant, or you're suffering from micro-leaks.

Micro-leaks that you can't find NEED to be fixed as soon as possible.

Water damage compounds over time and can drastically affect the condition of your roof. Leaks that are not repaired will cost you a lot of money if left untreated.

 

5. Repair The Ceiling

If the insulation in the attic has been soaked then you should replace it. 

It's usually a relatively cheap job, and doing this can help ensure the health of your ceiling.

Afterward, hop inside your room where the leak was, touch your leaky ceiling area, and take a good whiff.

If you note a musty, wet smell then you might need to consider drying out your ceiling with a blow dryer for a while.

If you don't note any wetness, then simply paint over the ceiling area to solve the water spotting issue.

 

Maintaining Your Roof

Now it should be noted that while these do repair leaks, they don't fix your entire roof, and if you have one leak then you'll most likely soon have more. 

A deteriorating roof will damage your whole structure, increase the cost of heating and cooling, and cost thousands to tens of thousands of dollars to replace.

After you patch your roof up, it's time for an upgrade.

If you're interested in what silicone roofing solutions can do to help eliminate leaks and increase your roof's lifespan for years to come for half the price of traditional roofing, then give us a call!

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