Many things can cause leaks on your roof. Some of these leaks may be hard to find; you can go directly above the area where you see watermarks on the ceiling and find nothing on the roof. This is because even though water may accumulate in one area in your home, the source may be in another area on the roof. If you know where to look, it can be easier to find the source of these leaks. Here are some tips to help you find the leaking problems on your roof:
1. Searching The Rooftop For Exposed Nails
Exposed nails on your roof can be the cause of leaks. These can be nails that are holding the decking down, and with the expansion and contraction of wood, work their way loose. The nails can eventually puncture roofing and cause leaks. Poorly nailed shingles can also be the source of leaks. To fix these problems, remove the nails and patch the small holes with roofing tar patch, which you can get in caulking tubes from any home improvement center.
2. Finding Loose Shingles Causing Leaks
Wind and weather can also affect the shingles on your roof. Storm damage can cause shingles to become loose or torn. If you have leaks on your roof after a storm, inspect the rooftop for any shingles that look like they are out of place.
3. Inspecting Mechanical Penetrations With Failing Seals
Mechanical penetrations are another major cause of rooftop leaks. Many older homes have metal boots around things like plumbing vents. The metal can corrode and begin to leak. To repair these problems, inspect boots around things like vents and flashing on your roof. If the source of the leaks is around these areas, you can replace these things to fix the problem.
4. Problems With Water Getting Underneath Roofing At Eaves
Water can also get in beneath the roofing and cause leaks. This can be at eaves where a poor roofing job does not have the starter row of shingles. Ridge caps can also be the source of water getting beneath the shingles. You can add a row of shingles beneath the roofing at the eaves and replace ridge caps to easily solve these problems.
These are some of the things that you will want to look for to find leaks on your roof. If you need help with repairs to your roof, contact a roofing contractor, like B & J Roofing, to get the help you need finding and stopping leaks in your home.
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