Rainy days are excellent for a day in with a good movie, a cup of tea or your favorite book. But they can also be a trouble if you have roof problems that you’ve been ignoring for so long. Roof water leakage has been reported as one of the most common roof related issues that homeowners experience.
Roof water leakage can seriously damage not only your roof but also the interior of your house. All that money and energy that you put into renovating can go in vain in a matter of seconds. Roof water leakage calls for professional help but you do need prevention before specialists get to your house. While you can’t solve the problem completely, you can definitely take steps to reduce the level of damage.
Let’s jump to discussing some tips and methods that will help you to keep your roof and house in a good condition.
Spot and contain the leak
The very first that you want to do when you see a water leakage on your ceiling is put a bucket under it. Make sure it doesn’t damage your floor or carpet. After you spot the leakage inside the house, you will need to locate it on the roof. Go up to your roof and try to coordinate the spot.
Once you can also find the problem on the roof, depending on the complexity of the issue you can:
a. Put a shingle or a piece of wood on it. Ensure that when it rains or snows, water doesn’t go in or,
b. Call a specialist. Show them what you’ve discovered and let them take care of the rest. Make a judgment call on what point you should follow.
The solution for plumbing vent boots
Plumbing vent boots also known as roof boots are a must for every roof. But, they are also one of the most common sources of water leaks. Plumbing vent boots waterproof pipe penetrations and they also serve as food for squirrels. Roof boots can be made of different materials. Despite that, sometimes they crack or break and consequently lead to water entering your house.
We recommend you check the plumbing vent boot first for any damage. It tends to be one of the most common reasons for leakages. Check the bases and the rubber boot. If the plumbing vent boot is damaged then you can notice it with bare eyes. The most effective solution for roof boots is a replacement. You can buy a new plumbing vent boot in any home center. You will need to replace the surrounding shingles as well in the process. If you are careful enough, you can remove the shingles. Then put them back again to save on money.
The solution for roof vents
Another thing that you definitely need is roof ventilation, hence roof vents are absolutely mandatory and yet again, a source of water leakages. Roof vent repair logic is the same as the plumbing vent boots. You need to inspect your roof vents for broken parts or damages.
Just like in case of plumbing vent boots, we recommend that you tackle the issue from the core and replace the roof vents immediately, otherwise you might face the same problem again. Also, check the nails at the bases – if there were any winds, they could have easily carried away the nails which in its turn loosens the whole thing and eventually leads to water leakage.
The good news with roof vents is that you can do the replacement without removing shingles. Easy and painless.
Plumbing vent boots and roof vents are the two most common issues cause roof water leakage but they are not the only ones. We have identified a couple more and we will share how you can handle them as well. Let’s explore them:
- We talked mainly about roof water leakage but for your information, water leakages can also come from the walls. Cracks on walls allow water to get in. If you notice water on your ceiling but it drops quickly then there is a chance it’s coming from the upper part of the wall rather than the roof. Check near the windows and where the wall connects to the roof and fill in if you see cracks or damage.
- If the issue is with shingles then there are two solutions. If it’s missing, replace immediately, if it’s broken cover it temporarily to stop the leakage and then replace as soon as you can.
DIY repairs can be effective but it’s always safer to consult with a professional Roof Repair Specialist.