A leaking roof can be very annoying because one has to contend with pools of water in the house. This water puddles can be hazardous. People might be slip over when they walk over them. Moreover, they can be hatching grounds for some bacteria and even mosquitoes. The roof repairs are necessary do to lots of unavoidable circumstances. It is, therefore, important to fix these leaks as soon as they are identified.
Furthermore, delays in fixing the problem will be costly in the long-term. Simple holes on the roof do not require the services of an expert roofer. The repairs can be done by the homeowner. It is recommended that this maintenance is done when the roof is dry to avoid accidents.
The process of fixing a leaking roof entails certain basic steps. These steps will be explained below.
Before starting the process of fixing the roof, it is important to identify first the location of the leaks. This process entails conducting a water leak test to identify spots that permit water inside the house. This process involves doing a water leak test to determine places that allow water inside the house. It is common to find several leakage points, especially when the damage has been ignored for a while.
Sometimes the water test will not reveal the location of the leaks. It is advisable to remove shingles in the area where the leaks are suspected to be located. This move will enable you to identify and track the leakage trail right to the source. Evidence of water-stained surfaces and rotten wood indicates the source of the leak.
After identifying the source, determine the shingles that are damaged and or missing. After that, uncurl the shingles that are bent back. Moreover, make sure to reattach bent back grits. This can be achieved by applying a considerable amount of asphalt roof cement on the area.
After completing the steps described above, test the strength of the remaining shingles. This test is done by lifting them to ascertain whether they break easily. If they break easily with slight effort, then they should be changed. After removing the old shingle, the steps below should be followed.
- Scrape below the area where the shingle was removed to get rid of any asphalt roof cement residue
- With the aid of a sharp knife, marginally round the rear sides of the new shingles
- Slip the new shingles into place
- Insert about 3.2 cm of spurred nails in every upper bend
- Afterward, conceal the nail using cement
The process above will help solve the problem of the leaking roof adequately.