Two Ways to Put an End to a Leaking Roof
There are few sounds that are so frightening to any homeowner as the sound of water leaking in your home. Here in Texas, the moment the sound of water dripping is heard where it shouldn’t be, the expertise in leak detection Houston homeowners have come to rely on gets that panic call for help.
But you may not need a detective to find the leak if it is coming from your roof. If you have a shingled roof there are a few easy steps you can take that will help you to locate the source of the leak and stop it quickly.
Checking for Damage
It starts with the need to locate the source of the leak. If you have a leak that appears to be coming from the roof and your roof is shingled, it may be a quite simple step to locate the source. Because it is not uncommon for a leak to originate in an area quite a distance from where the water is coming in, it is important to get up on the roof and begin to trace the leak. On a flat roof, it should be fairly simple to find the origin point of the leak, but slanted roofs pose a different problem. For a slanted roof, you will want to follow uphill from the leak to locate the broken or damaged shingle.
If you are unsure exactly where the leak is coming in, you might want someone to go up into the attic and look for dark water stains. If it has stopped raining and you are not sure of where the leak begins, the best bet is to run a hose over the roof in the area where the stain in the attic shows up. They can tell you where the leak is coming in as soon as the water begins to run. Watch for exposed roofing tacks, curled back shingles and broken shingles to pinpoint the exact area where the damage is taking place.
Fixing Broken or Curled Shingles
Sometimes heat will cause a shingle to curl up at the edges, making it no longer proof against the weather. When this happens, the best fix is to simply curl that shingle back into place. If the weather is chilly and the shingle doesn’t want to curl, a hair dryer should do the trick. Reattach the straightened shingle with asphalt cement to ensure that the edges stay sealed.
If you find a broken shingle or one that lifts off the roof or crumbles easily, replace it. Lift the edges, pry out the nail, remove old roofing cement and slide a new shingle into place. You should have at least a box of them from the last roofing job as most roofers know you will need them and will leave you extras for just this sort of job.
While not all roof repairs will be this simple, a huge majority of them may simply be broken or cracked shingles from the last storm or two. Taking the time to fix them now means that you will also have less water damage inside your home.