As anyone who lives in some of the rainier parts of the country can attest to, roof leaks are a huge frustration for homeowners, as they can show up unannounced and destroy any drywall, paint, furniture, floorings, and hangings that come within the path of the leakage, leading to more damage than one may expect. The leaks themselves are a frustration, as they are difficult to find, and often tricky for homeowners to fix themselves. Patching the leak properly is only half the battle, whereas pinpointing the source of the leak is often no easy task.
Homeowners wishing to fix leaks themselves should understand that the task can take hours, and will require special equipment in order to be completely fully and safely. For those who are confident they are up to the task, their first problem to address is the source of the leak itself. Patching up the leak from the interior of the home can be done once the source of the leak is addressed, however it could be beneficial to place a large bowl or pan underneath the leak in order to protect any flooring or furniture underneath.
Finding the source of the leak will take great patience, but can be done more quickly using certain techniques. Before starting, take note of the times at which the ceiling leaks: does it do it only during poor weather, or is it continual? If it’s only during poor weather, attempt to find the leak after the conditions have settled. If it’s continual, you will want to make sure that no leaky pipes are causing the issue, which would identify the source, but mean for a different fix.
The leak’s color can also indicate where it may be coming from; clear water indicates that the water is coming from a pipe or fixture, whereas dirtier water can mean the leak is in the roof itself. Once the leak has been identified as coming from a pipe or from a roof, it’s time to take a look and see where exactly the source is. This involves going into the home’s attic with a flashlight and looking to see where joists may me moist by the roof. Once the moist spot has been found, the patching process can begin.
Patching your roof will largely depend on the type of leak it is, and the proper patching process can be found online. If you are unsure about your readiness to find and fix a roof leak, contact Exteriors Plus Constrcution to learn more about your options. We are a team of professionals with over 15 years in the business, and we are more than happy to help you repair your roof quickly and effectively.