If you’re finding water inside your business premises, or water stains crawling along the ceiling or running down walls, then you could have a leaky roof. When you get a leak, you need to find a solution as quickly as possible because the problem can exacerbate and lead to problems like mould, rotted framing, destroyed insulation or even eventual roof collapse.
Fortunately, there are some DIY remedies for small leaks you can do to fix the problem rather than shelling out for an entirely new roof. Here’s what you need to know about stopping roof leaks.
How to Find Leaks
Firstly, you need to identify where the leak is. Start by using the location of the water stain and looking at the roof above where the stain is present. Check to see if there are any cracks or penetration in the roof such as roof vents, chimneys or anything else that protrudes through the roof.
If there is an attic in the building, this is the easiest way to look for evidence of leaks, but if you have a vaulted ceiling, you will have to go onto the roof to examine it. A rainy day is useful for finding exactly where water is coming in, but if it’s a nice day you can use a hose and a gentle stream of water on the roof to pinpoint the location water is entering the building.
Repairing Roof Leaks
There are a few ways you can perform roof repairs yourself if the damage is not too substantial.
- Replace damaged shingles
A damaged shingle could be causing your leak, and this is an easy fix. Remove the nail holding it in place and lay down a new shingle to cover the exposed area. Fixing a few shingles is an easy fix, but large patches of damaged shingles could indicate that your roof needs replacing.
- Fix the step flashing
Step flashing is used along the walls that intersect a roof. The flashing channels water over the shingles and downhill, so the water runs off. But if your flashing is rusted or any has come loose, water can run behind it into the building. Rusted flashing will need replacing, or loose flashing will need to be fixed back down.
- Seal joints
If your roof has protruding objects like a chimney, then your leak could be being caused by gaps in the sealant. You can treat these spots with caulk or sealant, but you may need new flashing for larger cracks. This will fill up the gaps that may have opened up, causing the leak.
- Fix vent boots
Damaged vent boots can let water into the building. You can find replacements easily, but if the actual boot is in good shape, it might just need new screws to keep the water from seeping in.
Preventing Roof Leaks
Most people would rather not have to deal with a leaking roof as they can cause vast amounts of damage and be costly to fix. There are some ways you can keep an eye on the health of your roof to ensure it stays in tip-top condition.
You should always endeavour to fix any issues as soon as they arise. If you spot any loose looking shingles, fix them before leaks become an issue. General wear and tear is the most common cause of roof leaks, so make sure problems are taken care of as soon as possible before they can develop.
Do an annual inspection of the roof and look at chimneys, skylights, and other areas where flashing could become loose or damaged, leading to leaks. Ensure your gutters are inspected and kept free of debris, as backed up drains can also eventually lead to leaks.
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