Every homeowner dreads a leaky roof. Water is the most insidious enemy, eager to penetrate your home’s weak exterior defense. Water can cause severe damage far from its initial attack point. This ability makes it difficult to identify the source of your leakage. The best you can do is to act fast. Never ignore any leak since the destruction can result in a massive repair bill. Roof leaks can destroy insulation, become a breeding ground for mold, damage your ceilings, and destroy your framing. Here are four tips for finding the cause of your roof leak.
- Age. Every roofing material grows old and tired. Temperature changes result in expansion and contraction of the aging roof causing it to turn brittle and eventually crack. Extended periods of harsh sun rays can melt the tar that holds composition shingles. When roofing products live beyond their life expectancy, you will need to buy a new roof at the first sign of a leak.
- Brick Chimneys. If you have come across house ruins, you have probably noticed that the chimney is often the only standing thing. While brick chimneys may seem permanent and strong, the mortal that binds them is a mixture of water, sand, and cement. Exposure to weather elements can cause the bricks to erode and crumble. Check the mud cap on top of the chimney and inspect the mortared joins where the roof and chimney meet. You can quickly fix any deterioration with a patch.
- Missing Shingles. If you find a shingle in your garden, the chances are that you will have a leak during the next rainstorm. Replacing a shingle is easy. You just have to pry off the nails from the course below and slid the new shingle into place. Nail the new shingle securely and then re-nail its neighbor. If you do not have some leftover shingles from your existing roof, you may have to settle for a different color. You may not discover a worn out shingle until it starts leaking. Once you have found your target, you can now replace the broken shingles. This process should cost you a small amount of money since it is a DIY project.
- Complex Roofing. The complex roof architecture of your house may cause a leak to occur. The valleys and slopes can invite disaster if not properly sealed. Even when maintained in excellent shape, a complex roof can be problematic. In snowy areas, the configuration of a roof may not help the snow to slide off the top of your house. If the snow piles up, it can form a snow dam due to the melting from your attic’s heat and freezing on the cold edges at the bottom of a slope.
Some of the leak problems are a quick fix if identified early enough. For example, repairing a leaky roof pipe vent will only take you a couple of minutes to complete. Do not hesitate to contact a professional if you find it difficult to fix your leak problems.