Whether you have an ice dam, flashing on your roof, or a seam that is leaking, you need to know how to find the source of the leak and repair it. Here are some tips for you to follow.
Finding the source of a leak
Trying to find the source of a roof leak can be a tricky task, but there are a few steps that can help you locate the culprit. The smallest leak can lead to bigger problems down the road, so be sure to find it and get it fixed immediately.
The most common sources of leaks are roof penetrations, like chimneys and vents. The area around these vents is especially vulnerable.
A garden hose can help isolate these areas. You can also use heavy sheeting to block off the area temporarily.
You might also want to check the vapor barrier. If it is broken, you will have to replace the shingles. You should also inspect the ceiling or wall directly below the leak. If there is rust, it could be a sign of the source.
A leaking roof can cause structural problems throughout the house. Often, it will get worse over time. This is because water follows the law of gravity. Water will also move down beams and other attic structures.
Repairing the flashing
Whether you are looking to install a new roof or repair an existing roof, repairing the flashing around your roof can be a quick and easy process. If the flashing is rusted or has been damaged, replacing it will prevent water from seeping into your home.
You should inspect your roof’s flashing regularly to avoid roof leaks. If you notice any signs of corrosion, a roofer can replace the flashing for you.
You may need to remove a few rows of shingles to access the flashing. Roofing cement can be used to patch holes in flashing. Apply the roofing cement about six inches from the edge of the shingles. It can be used to cover exposed screw heads and nails.
When installing a new roof, you should not install new flashing over the old flashing. This will allow water to get trapped between the two and cause major problems. It may also break the galvanized coating on steel.
If you do not have the skills to repair the flashing, it is best to call a roofing contractor. An experienced contractor can repair or replace the flashing without damaging the roof.
Fixing a leaking seam
Whether your roof is old or new, it can be prone to leaks, especially around holes or penetrations. These small holes can be for an air conditioner, vent, or storage unit. When it comes to fixing a leaking seam, you should first assess the cause of the leak. If it’s the latter, you’ll need to reseal the hole using roofing cement.
For this task, you’ll need to find a large board of the appropriate length (a foot or two is plenty) and width. This board should also have the requisite weight to prevent it from bending or breaking. This board should also contain the requisite number of decking nails.
The best way to go about fixing a leaking seam is to start with the edge of the roof and work your way up. You’ll need to ensure you’ve got the proper weather conditions to do this properly.
Stopping an ice dam
Having an ice dam around your roof can be a serious problem. Ice dams can cause major damage to your roof, gutters, and home. They can also create mold in hidden areas of your home. This can lead to chronic allergies and mildew growth.
You can prevent an ice dam from forming by ensuring your attic has the proper insulation and ventilation. You can also use calcium chloride ice melters. These are available from your local hardware store. They can be added to a hose and will melt through the ice. The calcium chloride will create a tube-like channel through the ice. This channel will allow water to flow safely off your roof.
You can also use a rake to remove excess snow from your roof. Do not use sharp tools, as they can damage the roof and shingles.
If you have a heated cable, you can use it to widen your drainage channels. You can also chip away the edges of the channels with a mallet.
About Gordy Roofing Company
Gordy Roofing Company has been the trusted source in East Texas for over 50 years and across the area. We are a family-owned business started by our dad over 5 decades ago, and we are 3 brothers that have continued our family tradition and skill set taught to us by our father. We bring this commitment to you and our passion for turning your home into a work of art. We are insured, licensed, and bonded and have become the leading expert in our market segment. We desire for you to become part of our roofing family and our history.
Gordy Roofing primarily serves customers in East Texas and the surrounding areas, including cities like Longview, Tyler, and Gilmer. They have experience working with a variety of roofing materials, such as asphalt shingles, metal roofs, and flat roofs. Their team of skilled technicians is well-versed in addressing various roofing issues like leaks, storm damage, general wear and tear, and full upgrades.