How to Find and Repair Roof Leaks 

One of the common roofing problems that a homeowner experiences is leak. We may think that it’s just a simple leak and can be fixed immediately. But the truth is that it leaks have underlying problem that could become a huge inconvenience in the long run. So, in this article we are going to teach you how to find and fix leaks just like what professionals of roofing service Anchorage does.  Repair Roof Leaks

The professionals’ best advice in finding the leak is to think like the water. When you saw the drips of water, you might think that the source of leak is on that exact position. But that’s not true. Water typically penetrates the area of missing, broken or worn shingles. Thet also comes in through poorly and corroded roof flashing, loose nails, damaged skylights and the intersections of the roof planes.  

Once the water successfully comes in, it will flow along the roof rafters, sheathing and topside of ceilings until it drips down. This is the time when you notice the drips.  

Looking for the Source of Leaks 

This is the tricky part, so you should look for the source during the day. Check the attic, start above where the drips started and then work your way uproof. Look for signs of moisture along the framing members. If it has been a dry weather lately, the moisture will have stains, marks or discolorations. Once you spot the moisture, find a hole where the light gets through.  

Water-Testing for Roof Leaks 

If you find it really impossible to find the cause of the leak by doing the method earlier, you can do a water test. Make sure to ask someone and wait for the weather to be dry. One of you will go to the roof (don’t forget to wear safety gears) and then hold the hose, and the other one goes back inside the attic with a flashlight and a bucket.  

If you’re the person assigned to go to the attic, watch carefully. The other person on the roof will flood the roof with water using the hose. He should start the eaves then working uproof. Watch carefully, and if you find the dripping water make sure you mark the location. Then, you can repair the leak afterwards. But mind you, the roofing repair process will differ depending on the roofing material you have.  

Fast Fix for a Roof Leak 

There are fast fixes for leaking roofs, especially if it’s caused by a small hole. You can temporarily fix it with a 12×12 piece of galvanized sheet metal flashing. You can buy this at hardware store or home improvement centers.  

To temporarily fix the leak, slip a sheet metal flashing under the course located above the leak. Lift the shingle using your other hand, then pish the sheet flashing up underneath is. This will cover the hole temporarily. Most of the time it’s necessary to pry up roofing nails above the shingle so you can successfully push the flashing way up.

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