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Tips on how to fix a leaking roof

When a roof shows signs of damage it is best to contact a roof contractor, but sometimes some roof leaks are very common and very easy to fix yourself. Today we will show you some useful tips on how to fix the roof leaking in only some easy steps. 

Signs of a leaky roof  

To see if you have a leaky roof is a very easy step because you will see water stains that are from the ceiling, down to the walls. The hard part is finding where the leaking comes from. If you have a leaky roof it’s best to fix it immediately, even if you are getting a new roof soon. Because small leaks can cause some big damages even in a short period of time. They can cause big issues like mold in the house, rotten framing, damaged insulation and damaged ceiling. If you deal with a leaking roof right away then you will save a lot of money and your roof will have minimal damages. 

How to find roof leaks 

When you are trying to find roof leaks, we suggest you start looking at the roof uphill from the stains. Also the first thing you would want to look at is roof penetration. The most common source of leaks are from areas that have open areas. Penetrations can include plumbing and roof vents, chimneys, dormers or anything else that projects through the roof.  They can be several feet above the leak or to the right or left of it. If you have attic access, the easiest way to track down a leak is to go up there with a flashlight and look for the evidence. There will be water stains, black marks or mold. But if access is a problem or you have a vaulted ceiling, you’ll have to go up onto the roof and examine the suspect(s).   

Solution for a Small Leak 

Some roof leaks are tough to locate. Because sometimes the water stains show up far away from the source of the leaking. If your ceiling has a plastic vapor barrier between the drywall and the attic insulation, it’s more simple to find the source, because you can push the insulation aside and look for flow stains on the plastic. Often water runs to openings in the vapor barrier, such as at ceiling light fixtures.

If you can’t see any telltale flow marks, and since the stain is fairly small, look at the underside of the roof for ‘shiners.’ A shiner is a nail that missed the framing member, in this case when the carpenter nailed the roof sheathing to the rafters. Moisture that escapes into the cold attic from the rooms below often condenses on cold nails. Sometimes you can spot this if you climb up into your attic on a cold night. The nails will look white because they’re frosted. When the attic heats up a bit during the day, the frost melts and drips, then the nails frost up at night again and so on. The solution is to simply clip the nail with side-cutting pliers.   

If the roof leaking doesn’t stop after your fixing then it is best to contact a roofing contractor like Golden Key Construction Group.

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