How to find and fix roof leaks

If you notice water stains on your ceilings and walls, they probably originate from a roof leak. Looking for the leak is a daunting task, but fixing it is quite easy. When you notice a roof leak, you should fix it immediately to avoid spending more money on fixing your ceiling and walls. Even the smallest leak can lead to very big problems: rotted framing, mold, and destroyed insulation. ARS Roofing offers expert roofing services in Marin County and Sonoma County.

How to find roof leaks

When looking for leaks, start by checking the roof penetrations. These areas are the most common culprits for leaks. It is uncommon for leaks to emanate from areas without any roof interruptions – even for old roofs. Penetrations include roof vents, dormers, and chimneys. Do you have attic access? You can track leaks by using a flashlight to look for evidence. If you still do not see the problem, ask another person to get on the roof and hose it down. Stay in the attic and check for areas that are leaking.

Fixing roof leaks

If your leak is originating from the roof vent, you should check for broken seams on metal roof vents or cracked housings on plastic ones. Aside from replacing the damaged vents, there is no other solution. Look for missing or pulled nails at the base of the bottom edge. Do you see small holes on your roof? The fix is not to fill them with caulk; repair the problem with flashing. Water does not always come in through the shingled part of the roof; it can come in from above the roof, especially around corner boards, windows, and siding.

You should not use caulk to cover up a leak; this solution is rarely permanent. You should always try the mechanical fix – repairing the flashing instead of covering it up with sealant. When flashing is not an option, you can use caulk to conceal tiny holes.

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