A roof leak is annoyance in any climate, but here in the Pacific Northwest it can be downright aggravating on a near-daily basis. If you’ve got a troublesome spot that’s creating damp spot on your ceiling or giving you a headache with its incessant “drip, drip, drip” noises, it’s time to get that fixed. Here are some steps you can take to seal a roof leak.
Find the Roof Leak
Before you can seal a roof leak, you have to find it. Rarely does dripping water appear directly under the shingle or section of the roof that needs to be sealed. If you have an attic, start there. Take a flashlight and look for evidence of your leak. Mold, discoloration, and water stains are all signs you’ve located your leak. For smaller, less visible leaks, switch off your flashlight and look for daylight shining through in spots.
If you do not have attic access or vaulted ceilings, start on your roof by looking for worn or missing shingles or sealing that has eroded around chimneys, skylights or vents. If this initial inspection doesn’t make your leak apparent, enlist another person and a garden hose to help. Start at the section of roof where the leak appears in your ceiling and let the hose run for several minutes, if no leak appears work out and up. This process requires patience, but is essential in locating your leak so you don’t spend hours patching roof that doesn’t require patching.
Missing or Damaged Asphalt Shingles
If one or two asphalt shingles have come loose or are damage and require replacement, all you’ll need to do is to use a pry bar to lift the damaged shingle–if there is one– pull the nails out and remove the damaged shingle. Cut your new shingle to size and slide it into position. Use roofing nails to fasten, and coat the heads of the nails with sealant to add an extra layer of protection.
Quick Fix for a Roof Leak
If you have a leak that’s larger than several shingles and requires a professional, but need a fix immediately, galvanized sheet metal can be picked up from almost any hardware store and can be inserted under shingles to cover holes. This method obviously requires follow-up, but is an easy solution in a pinch. Similarly, hardware stores offer caulking and sealants, but this situation is also temporary and is usually not a long-term solution.
Unfortunately, if you have one leak you may have more due to the age and wearing of your roof. If you are looking for a quality, long term, professional solution to your leak or leaks, call our professional team at Leak Seal Roofing.