The source of a roof leak may be hard to detect because in many cases it originates away from the leak itself. In order to locate the leak, it is recommended that you “think like water”, and imagine how the fluidity of water would cause it to move through worn or damaged roof shingles in Spring TX, around vents, skylights, or through corroded roof flashing, etc.
Tips on dealing with home roof repairs:
As water passes through the roofing, it tends to follow the sheathing, roof raptors, or the topside of ceilings until it comes to a low place where it can drip down – inevitably damaging your walls or furniture.
The best time to locate a roof leak repair Bellaire TX is during the day. Go up to the attic with a bright flashlight, and make sure to step on secure framing and not on the insulation or topside of the ceiling. Begin at the location of the drip and work your way slowly up-roof, targeting wetness along the framing members.
If it’s the dry season, water marks and other stains may be visible on the wood. When you find a comfortable place, stop and switch off the light in order to locate rays of light permeating the roof. Wood shingle roofs are much more likely to have holes in them. When you do locate the source of the leak, place a bucket directly under the leak in an area with good support, and wait for the weather to clear before attempting to perform repairs.
Water testing for roof leaks
Some leaks are notoriously difficult to locate but you can improvise with the help of a friend. One person goes up to the roof with a garden hose while the other person climbs inside the attic a bucket and flashlight.
As the person on the roof floods the whole area with water (starting at the eaves), the person in the attic goes about tracing any signs of leakage. Once the leak is found, to mark the area, push a nail up through the hole and have the other person mark it from the top of the roof using chalk.
The exact method used to repair roof leaks depends largely on the type of roofing material used. Asphalt shingles are not repaired the same way as metal roofs or tile and built roofs: however you can get plenty of information on specific repair techniques for each type of roof.
How to handle emergency roof leaks
By using plastic sheeting, you can cover a large area of your roof to prevent leakage until a time when you can perform actual repairs. Here’s how to do it:
• Unroll a good amount of polyethylene sheeting to shield the leaking area from eaves to peak, and cut using a utility knife. Using three inch nails, nail the sheeting to a 2X4 boards along the width of the plastic.
• Stretch one end of the plastic sheet along the eaves, making sure to reach the ridge and run it over the top of the ridge and down the other side.
• To prevent the sheeting from being blown by the wind, use a pair of 2X4 to nail the plastic on, and make sure not to nail any part of this assembly directly to the roof.