Monday, July 28, 2008

Leaking Roof

As the sky turns black, you suddenly have a sinking feeling in your stomach, the roof repair hasn’t been done yet and now it’s going to rain cats and dogs. You’ve been putting it off for weeks and now, it’s too late. All you can do now is sit and cross your fingers.
In most instances, a storm or weather event causes roof leaks and roof damage. However, there are some roofs that are just old and may need to be replaced entirely. And many times when the roof is in need of repair, so is more of the home. Therefore, you may need a building inspection. Because most roofing companies do not specialize in mold and mildew damage, electrical wiring problems, and drywall issues; all associated with roof damage; your best bet is to hire an outside building inspector.
Most roof leaks are caused by improper installations and defective flashings. Roof leaks can occur at just about any part of your roof, especially near the chimney, step, apron, pipes, and points at which two roofs meet. Roof leaks can also occur when your roof shingles are installed improperly or when gutters don’t drain well.
Roof leaks may also occur due to: A low spot on the roof where water collects
Debris such as leaves and branches where water collects, Ice or snow where water collects and melts
Missing shingles on the roof
If a leak is recognized, clear the area of any home belongings, for instance electronic equipment furniture, etc. Place a bucket to collect the water for the time being. Once you can clearly see where the water is dripping from the ceiling, take a ladder and look at the roof in that area. You might easily see a part of the roof that has a broken shingle; you might also see debris, loose flashings, etc.
Once you solve the cause of the leak, you will be able to figure out the proper way to fix it. If you are not handy, then your best bet is to forgo fixing the roof yourself and contact a professional. It should be noted that you shouldn't try to fix your roof in a thunderstorm due to the threat of being struck by lighting or being pushed off the roof by a strong gust of wind.
Metal Flashing Roof Repair
Metal flashings are another common item that can cause a roof leak. Metal flashings are used around plumbing pipes, flue pipes, attic vents, skylights, etc. Flashings can come loose from time to time, so a good way to prevent a roof leak is to check them seasonally and tighten any flashings that have loosened. Every flashing should have a proper tight and continuous seal otherwise it can be the cause of a roof leak.
Metal flashings can be fixed simply with roofing tar, silicone or rubber sealants. Before applying these items, make sure that the area is dry and clean. Any flashing that is cracked, broken or dented should be replaced even if it has not developed a leak yet.
When replacing damaged metal flashing keep in mind that the flashing should always be placed over the shingle or shake. Once again, if the problem that is causing a leak is difficult to reach or too difficult a job for a novice.
Leaks can also come from the ceiling, but be caused by plumbing pipes or a leaky window in the attic. Before jumping to conclusions regarding the source of the leak, do a detailed search to figure out where the water is coming from.
Once you're done repairing the roof, you may have to replace parts of your interior that may have been damaged by water. In certain cases, new ceiling paint can hide damage, however if the ceiling tiles, walls or other items have been damaged with water significantly, it is extremely prudent to replace the damaged area due to the possibility of mold and mildew growth.
By stopping and fixing a leak early on, you can prevent much more damage and save lots of money in the process.
For Further Details please visit:
EPDM Coatings
Liquid Roof For Roof Leaks

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