Picture this; you’re sitting comfortably in your home, it starts to rain outside when suddenly you notice a stain on your ceiling. Well, after looking at that stain, no one can relax. That stain validates the fact that your roof leaks.
Replacing a roof can be very costly, and most mortgage holders haven't planned for a problem that big, yet it is imperative to address whatever issues emerge overhead. Nonetheless, if your roof has a hole in it, your house is in a critical condition. A small leak can cause massive damage to your roof. For example, mould can grow in damp surfaces just within 24 to 42 hours. The longer you let it slide, the more you will regret later. Therefore, you should try to fix your roof. A small hole can be fixed cheaper than getting the entire roof replaced.
So you think you have a leaky roof?
Identifying if you have a leak in your roof can be a hard task. Sometimes the proof is right in front of our eyes, and we are too oblivious to see it.
Here are some signs that help you identify a roof leak:
- Moist drywall or paint around light fixtures or electrical outlets
- Water stains or damp spots on your ceiling
- Damp spots around interior air vents or fireplaces
- Water stains on rafters or roof sheathing inside your attic
- Dripping sounds inside your home
- A musty house smell (especially in your attic)
- Clogged or loose gutters & downspouts
- Cracked or damaged flashing around roof vents
- Loose or exposed nails on your roof
- Loose flashing or cracked sealants around your chimney
- Roof rot with discoloured or excessively degraded shingles
- Peeling paint or rotten areas under roof eaves
- Warped or swollen siding or wet floors around dormers
- Mould on exterior walls or where roof and wall meet
- Shingle granules in your gutters
- Debris piles in roof valleys or above the chimney
- Interior paint bubbling or peeling during hard rains.
Spotting the Leak
On the off chance that you've seen leak indications, it's essential to find the source. Start by searching for water stains inside your home; at that point, track down the spot on your roof that compares with it. One great general guideline is to look "uphill" from the ceiling stain. In the event that you have an attic room with a full floor, you might have the option to pinpoint the leak by checking for stains, dark stamps, or shape on the underside of your roof. If this seems redundant, try cautiously searching the roof.
There are the three most common issues found:
- Missing or Damaged shingles
- Gaps near or on flashing material found around vents and other openings
- Deteriorating or loose roof vent coverings
How to Fix Small Leaks
Some roof leaks are hard to find. In some cases, the water appears at a ceiling spot far off from the leak. In the event that your ceiling has a plastic vapor boundary between the attic Insulation and the drywall, push the Insulation aside and search for stream stains on the plastic. Frequently water hurries to openings in the Vapor Barrier, for example, at ceiling light installations.
On the off chance that you can't perceive any obvious stream marks, and since the stain is tiny, take a gander at the underside of the roof for 'shiners.' A shiner is a nail that missed the framing member, for this situation when the woodworker nailed the roof sheathing to the rafters.
Dampness that escapes into the cool loft from the rooms underneath frequently gathers on cold nails. You can sometimes recognize this on the off chance that you move up into your storage room on a chilly night. The nails will look white since they're iced. At the point when the upper room warms up a piece during the day, the ice melts and trickles. At that point, the nails ice up around night time again, etc. The arrangement is just to clip the nail with a side-cutting forceps.
Learning How To Replace Shingles
If your roof is leaking due to damaged shingles, replace them as soon as possible.
In order to remove a shingle, all you have to do is, slide a crowbar under the shingle above the one you want to remove, then use a hammer to remove the nails out of the broken one. Finally, scrape all the cement left behind on the roof. To install a new one, lift the shingle above the one you want to replace and align the new shingle beneath it. Hammer in nails into the headlap, in order for the shingle to cover the nail and seal the shingle. Lastly, by applying roof cement over each edge of the new shingle and the nails.
Fixing Roof Vents
Check for split lodgings on plastic roof vents and broken creases on metal ones. You may be enticed to toss caulk at issue. However, that solution won't keep going long enough. There's actually no fix other than to replace the harmed or damaged vents. Furthermore, search for pulled or missing nails at the's base edge. Replace them with rubber washer screws. Usually, you can just remove the nails from under the shingles on both sides of the vent to pull it free. There will be nails over the head of the vent as well. Typically you can work those free without eliminating shingles as well. Screw the base set up with rubber washer screws. Take out some of the caulk from underneath the shingles on the vent’s two sides to hold the shingles down and include a water hindrance. That is a lot simpler than renailing the shingles.
It’s better to take the simple matters in your hand as Gearwisdom Recommends. Why pay thousands of dollars to get your roof replaced, when you can simply fix these minor issues on your own. Though, only fix problems that you are confident about fixing, or else you can make matters worse. Therefore, if the fixing process gets too complicated, try to hire a handyman. It will be slightly more expensive but will save you money in the long run.