DIY Roofing Tips and Tricks

The roof is leaking and rain starts trickling inside your

house. Yup, it’s time to find the leak. Here are some tips and tricks you can

do to find the leak on your own and to reinstall that shingle back!

 

Never forget: Safety First

Always make sure of your safety equipment such as helmet,

gloves and googles. Also, make sure your ladder is strong and that the weather

is clear, not hailing, snowing, or even raining as it rises the chance of accidents

to happen.

DIY Roofing Tips and Tricks

How to find and deal with leaks

 

The Attic

 

The attic is the easiest place to find the leak, if you have

one. Get up there with flashlight and find stains of leaks. Usually, mold will

form around it as it gets damp. If you don’t have or unable to go to the attic,

then the other way is to go up the roof directly.

 

The Roof

 

A few DIY Roofing tips you should now when you look for

leaks: they usually appear on places where objects intersect, such as chimney, plumbing

or anything that needs to go through the roofs, so check these places first.

Before you start, get someone else to help you find the leak

from indoor. Now, get a hose or pipe that is long enough and start spraying

water on suspicious spots. Wait for a while to see if the water leaks indoor

and tell your partner to signal you if it leaks. Remember, there can be

multiple leaks so don’t stop at just one.

Carefully, move the hose around but stop for a while every time

you move because you need to locate the position as close as possible. Once you

are sure, start taking off the shingles and look for that hole. Look for signs

of water flowing like yellowish stains or mold or rotting wood.

 

The Fixing

 

Here I will list easy-to-understand ways of fixing your

leaking roofs.

 

First, and easiest way is to replace the shingle with a new

one and make sure that you install it properly.

 

The second method is to straighten a bent roof with heat. Afterwards,

use roof asphalt cement to glue it back and ensure it doesn’t leak anymore.

 

The third is to put flashing under small holes on shingles

made by probably from antenna or anything similar.

 

The Maintenance

 

Now, your roof is fixed. You need to make sure that there

are no more signs of future leakage and learn to prevent big damage by leaks.

 

Look for nails. Some of them are hammered in a

wrong way and damage the roof as time goes by.

 

Clean your gutters. Leafs and sticks block the

water from flowing and it fills up during rainy season fast.

 

If you live in a city that snows, do install a

drip edge and ice shield to prevent interior drip.

 

Caulk does not fix everything! Even if they do,

it is not for long.

 

For brick chimneys with flashing, be reminded

that even galvanized steel will rust which will lead to leakage. There are two

methods to fix or prevent it. The easier way is to put a new flashing below the

old one. The longer, more effective way is to cut the kerf through the mortar

and put a new flashing.

 

How about roof vents? How do I fix them?

 

Plastic roof vents may crack and metal roof vents may form broken

seams. Once these happen, there’s no better way than to replace them. Again,

caulk may fix them for moment, but it is not a long term solution. Remove the

nails from the vent and take it off. Afterwards, look for nails around the shingles

there. Pull them off of they’re still intact and replace them with rubber

washer.

 

To prevent leakage on your new vent without nailing back the

shingles, use some caulk under the shingles around the vent and install a water

barrier.

DIY Roofing Tips and Tricks 2

Watch out for Ice Dams

 

Sure, I did mention this previously, but I’d like to explain

more on why you need ice and water barrier.

 

Ice on your roof that melts, freezes back at the end due to

temperature drop on it and it piles up backward. It freezes through the

shingles and soffit and leaks through openings.

 

The first method is to rake the ice. Yes, the old method

still works and will always be effective if you shovel enough ice of your roof

to prevent ice dam.

 

Another way to prevent this is to install layers of barrier above

the wood sheathing. And then, lay a flashing before the fascia board. Analyze

your ventilation and insulation system around the roof to prevent ice dam. Installing

a roof edge heating cables may also help, but then, in areas with heavy or

unique snowing conditions you may need more specific guide on this.

And so are the DIY Roofing Tips and tricks that you can

apply! Hope you can fix and prevent that leakage!

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