repair roof leak

Repair Your Leaking Roof Part I (Before It’s Too Late)

Fix leaking roof, leaking roof flashing, shingle roof leaks, leaking tile roof

It is the rainy season and you are enjoying the drizzling, standing in the balcony of your house. Suddenly you hear the sound of dripping within the drawing room. You will run inside and see the inside scene. Your mood will be marred. You have no idea, what to do in this situation. Don’t worry; here are some ideas you should have in mind for your leaking roof.

You will have to follow some practical tips for finding spot and source of leakage from the roof of your house efficiently and quickly. Check for any stains on the ceiling occurred due to leakage. You have to find the real source of the problem. You will have to try many times to fix a leaky roof. Sometimes you succeed; sometimes you fail in your bid. You may not want to spend a lot by calling a professional.

If the roof is much older and gravels are much damaged and have become out shaped, sometimes it may be cheaper to get these replaced. You should be ready for this, if you see curled shingles and a lot of leakage in your roof. If the leakage is normal and the shingles are still usable, then it will be feasible to diagnose and fix the leakage problem.

It has been seen that in a long season of heavy rains, it is much easier to locate the source of leakage. Stay in the home while it is raining and check for the spots on the ceiling from where drops of water are falling. You should have a mini flashlight with you all the time for the purpose. It can also be used for other general tasks also. Check for the symmetrical and circular stains on the ceiling if any, by using garden hose onto the roof of your house. The culprit may be one or many tiny holes. Apply a bit of tar below and above the grit/grits to stop the leakage. The circular stains you spotted were due to direct water dripping onto the ceiling drywall by these tiny holes.

The pattern of stains may be much helpful to you for diagnosing the problem. Circular stains on the ceiling indicate about the direct dripping onto the dry wall. You may use hammer and a long nail to spot the source. You will see a light beam in the day light through the hole which can easily be blocked. Garden hose technique may also be used, if the problem persists.
Larger stain regions may be due to soaking of water by the ceiling drywall. The garden hose trick may be used to spot the source of leakage. You may have to replace one or more shingles. Stains along a line indicate drainage of water along a beam or tether from a single or many holes.