Have you been noticing stains on your kitchen ceiling or dripping in your master bedroom? Leaky roofs happen to even the best of us. You should repair those leaks before fall turns to winter or you’ll find yourself with very costly repairs and very cold rooms.
Fortunately, there are many DIY ways to repair those leaks. Here are few that will get your roof in tip-top shape.
Finding the Leak
It can be difficult to find that pesky leak. Start by looking for roof penetrations like plumbing, chimneys, or anything else that protrudes from your roof. These projections can be several feet away from the actual stain or leak. If you have an attic, go there with a flashlight and look for water stains or mold. If you don’t have an attic, you’ll have to go on the roof itself and examine the leaks from there.
If you still can’t find the sneaky culprit, ask one of your friends for help. Then go on the roof with a garden hose and start soaking the area just above where the leak shows in your house. Isolate different areas with the hose water and wait for several minutes at each spot, letting the water run. Have your friend wait inside the house and holler when a drip appears. This process can take hours and you must be very careful when climbing on the roof.
Even over a short period of time, small leaks can lead to big problems like mold, damaged ceilings, and rotted framing. Don’t ignore the leak even if it doesn’t cause any immediate problems.
Here are some easy ways to repair those smaller leaks:
Go on the roof and look for damaged, curled, or missing shingles where the leak is. Straighten out the ones that are curled back and then reattach them to the roof with asphalt roof cement. You may need to replace the shingles if they break or crumble.
Inspect for cracks or blisters in the roofing material. Mend the blisters using a utility knife by cutting the middle of the blister and soaking out the water. Repair the blisters by spreading a large amount of asphalt roof cement under the loose materials and then hammering in roofing nails along each side. Then cover the nail heads with more roofing cement.
Split the damaged shakes using a hammer and chisel. Then slide the chisel under the damaged shakes and remove the pieces. Cut off the ends of any nails that can’t be pried out using a hacksaw. Using a fine-toothed saw, cut new shakes about 3/8 inches smaller than the originals. Slide the new shakes in place and secure them with roofing nails, then seal the nails with caulking compound.
Sometimes you can’t repair the leaks yourself. The damage may be so severe that you need a new roof. We can offer great deals on roofing repairs that won’t take forever and won’t empty your bank account. If you absolutely want to repair your roof yourself, contact us about high-quality, inexpensive roofing materials.
Best of luck on repairing your leaky roof! If you have any concerns, don’t hesitate to give us a call.