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Common Causes of Roof Leaks

May 12

Common Causes of Roof Leaks


No matter how large or small their home, a roof leak is not something anyone wants. It's not fun to search for a drip pan every rainstorm. Not only is it difficult and impossible to keep up with weather forecasts, but anyone drop can indicate a bigger roofing problem. We all know that roofing problems take time and money.


To help you save money on your roof leaks, we have compiled a list of the Most Common Causes. We will describe what they look like, how they happen, and how you can avoid them by roofing company Katy Tx.

1. You have a crack in your flashing


What it looks like: Flashing is a thin sheet made of metal that is placed under roof joints and under shingles to create a water-resistant barrier. It can be hidden or exposed. If they are visible, they will appear as long sheets of metal. If they are hidden, they will have a rubberized coating. Broken flashing will show large cracks.


Roofers often use tar to hold the flashing together. This can cause it to corrode. Your flashing may splinter if it is exposed to elements like rain and wind.


2. Your Shingles are Broken


How it looks: Have a look! This one is easy to spot. You can spot missing shingles by looking for patches of different colors. You can find the shingles littering your yard after a severe storm.


It happens because of the weather. Expect high winds and heavy rain.


How to Fix it: Use a prybar to remove the row of nails connecting the damaged shingle and the one below. Then lift the nail until it pops. Next, press down on the shingle to remove the nail. Continue with the remaining nails in the same way. Take out the broken shingle and replace it with a new one. Secure it with four more nails.


3. Your Valleys aren't properly sealed


What it looks like: The area where two roof planes meet. These sections of the roof can be sloped so rainwater can seep through if the valleys don't seal together. To check for damp patches along your roof's seams, lookout.


What causes it: It could be caused by improper sealing, cracking when walked on, or erosion from rain and ice.


How to Fix it: This is a complex problem that requires professional attention. We do not recommend you attempt it yourself. Your roofer will likely fix the problem by installing a new valley leak barrier and shingling above it.


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4. Your Car's Vent Booting Is Broken


Roof vents look like little pipes sticking out from your roof. These vents are used to drain excess moisture from the interior of your house. This location is prone to leaking and can lead to darkened areas, as well as mustiness.


Why does it happen? It is common to seal roof vents by wrapping flashing around them and placing a rubber boot over the part where the pipe extends from the roof. Over time, the flashing can break or become damaged.


(Via DIY Guy) How to Fix It: Use a knife to remove the rubber from the vent. Use a pry bar to break the seal on any connected roof shingles. The new rubber boot should be brought down to the roof under the shingles, and above the vent. Next, seal the flashing with caulk underneath the shingles and secure the boot with roofing nails. Extra shingles can make it easier to repair broken shingles.


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5. You have an ice dam in your hands


An ice dam is an ice ridge that forms on the roof's edge and blocks water (from melting snow) from draining away. Damage can be caused by the weight of the ice and the water on the roof's surface.


Why does it happen? It happens because the heat from your attic (and other parts of your house) is above freezing. Some of the snowfall melts despite cold temperatures outside. The water will run between the roof's snow and the roof's roof surface, and once it reaches the roof edge, it will freeze into ice.


How to fix it: Use a roof rake (which looks like a long-handled, sideways shovel) to reach the roof and remove the snow at the roof edge. Use an ice melt product according to the manufacturer's instructions if you see ice damming. As winter draws near, be prepared to find a way to clear the snow from your roof.


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