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Under the right conditions, any roof can leak. If you need a bucket whenever it begins to rain, then you’re well past due for a serious roof inspection and need some repairs.

On the bright side, most leaks are reparable without a full-on replacement, but there’s no way of knowing without a proper inspection.

So if your ceiling is leaking water and you need a roof leak repair then you might want to get in touch with us so that we can commence your roof leak repairs.


What is the most common cause of roof leaks?

Broken or damaged shingles

If your roofing is approaching 20 or 30 years of age, then the shingles are the first areas to examine Throughout the decades, wind, rain, and sun exposure can cause the shingles to decay, crack, break, and loosen.

Usually, the damage can be visible from the ground. You can peer out over your roof and spot any discolored patches. After a severe storm, you might even notice some shingles on the ground near the house.

Some damages like cracks can be more difficult to spot, so a proper inspection may be a good idea.

A single damaged shingle alone usually does not lead to an immediate leak, however, it can be the start o an unwanted domino effect.

The first crack is made larger over time by weather and erosion. As the hole enlarges the underpayment beneath the swing becomes exposed, and the exposed underlining can begin to rot and seep through.

Once the underlayment is penetrated there is nothing getting in the way between the roof decking and the weather. Usually, roof decking consists of plywood and is not designed to get wet. Once left long enough, the leak begins.

Damaged flashing:

Flashing is located within the vulnerable areas of your roofing, It’s the sheet metal that protects these areas from leaks. You can find the flashing between two roof slopes that meet. It can also be found around chimneys, skylights, and dormers. Funny how something meant to prevent leaks can cause them when left unchecked. The two main issues with flashing that can lead to a leak are if the seal around the flashing is broken, or if the metal has rusted and corroded.

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Damaged vent booting

Plumbing vents are usually fitted with a rubber boot; this boot works as flashing and seals the area to keep the water out. Rubber can eventually degrade due to prolonged exposure to the elements.

Decades of heavy rain, winds, and scorching sun can cause the rubber boot to crack. Once the material is damaged it won’t take long for water to work through the cracks and eventually to your living room ceiling.

Backed-out nails:

For most roofs, the shingles are nailed to the decking, and as time progresses, the nails can loosen and back out of their holes. When this happens, the nail wiggles out of its hole and this allows an entry point for rainwater.

Nails that are backed out can be difficult to spot, even standing right over them. A proper inspection is required to find the backed-out nails.

A cracked chimney:

The chimney is protected from rain in several ways. The first way is that it’s usually surrounded by flashing to prevent rainwater from flowing in between the same where the chimney connects with the roofing.

The second way is on the “uphill” side of the chimney, lots of chimneys are fitted with cricket, which is a ridge behind the chimney running perpendicular to the slope of the roof. It guides water around either side of the chimney to prevent water from collecting behind it.

Inadequate ventilation and insulation:

If the air in your attic isn’t regulated with proper ventilation and insulation, condensation can form and this could lead to mold and mildew. If you notice a musty smell inside of your attic then this could be an indicator that there’s water somewhere in your attic. Having mold in your attic could lead to tumultuous health problems and other issues that just aren't worth the hassle.

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What to do when your roof is leaking?

If you notice that you have a roof leak you need to handle it as quickly as possible to mitigate the level of damage that could ensue if you don’t correct it sooner rather than later.

If your roof is leaking through the ceiling, go to the site and protect your floor and belongings from water damage; especially if you have carpet or hardwood floor. Grab a large bin or bucket, and some towels or maybe an old bed sheet to catch water on the surface.

If you have any furniture at the source of the leak, move it away so you won't have to be concerned about replacing it later. If they’re too heavy to move, you can cover them with plastic or blankets. Maybe tear a few trash bags open along the seam and tape them over the furniture for protection.

Once you've taken precautions to protect your interior, look up at the ceiling to check for any water pooling above your head. If so, you’ll want to drain the pooling water to prevent a sudden burst of water when you least expect it.

Grab a sturdy ladder and, if you can, use a screwdriver to drain the excess water into a bucket.

Next, you’ll want to find the source of the leak and maybe search “roof leak fix” in your search engine to find an expert at sealing roof leaks who can come out and offer some roof leak solutions. Some people put off calling help because they’re concerned about roof leak repair cost. Don't wait. The longer you prolong getting professional help, the more you could be worsening the problem.

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How do I find out where the leak is coming from?

Finding the source of a leak can be quite a challenge. In many cases, the point of entry is not directly above where the water is dripping down, water travels downward and can zig-zag from side to side of the house, flowing through walls and insulation. Here are a few tips you can use to locate a leak.

Tip 1:

Check the attic:

Logically, the highest point in the house would be the first place you’d start checking for the annoying leak. Attics are usually dark so we recommend going during the day, be sure to have a flashlight and wear good shoes.

Once you’re in the attic check the underside for the ceiling indicators of moisture, be sure to do a 360, and check the insulation all over the attic for mold and deteriorating insulation, look for a water leak on the wall. Examine any areas that appear weak, vulnerable, or damaged and you might just find the source of the leak, keep in mind that the leak will allow daylight to pierce through the attic.

Tip 2:

Have a look outside for damage:

If you had no luck in the attic, the next thing to do would be to go outside during the day of course and check for obvious signs of damage that can be seen by the naked eye. Walk around the house and look for any shingles that appear to be damaged. Heavy rain, hail, or winds can cause shingles to lift and expose the underlayment to severe weather.

You can also climb onto the roof and spray with your garden house slowly around the top of your home; a friend or family member could stand inside watching when water starts to drip again. And boom! You've found the source

What to do if rain comes through the ceiling?

If rain starts to come through the ceiling, do everything you can to preserve your furniture and belongings. Depending on how much water is seeping through you may have time to cover your furniture, grab a bucket and start collecting the water.

If the water starts to pool you can drain it using the method we’ve already mentioned above and wait until the rain stops then, call an expert who can stop roof leaks.

If your roof leaks in heavy rain If it seems to be raining inside of your home at the same rate as outside, then just take cover and wait for the rain to stop; you have a roof leak repair emergency and should probably prepare to call your insurance company.

You can also search “roof leaking repair” or “roof leakage repair” to locate a contractor who can properly make a roof leak stop.

Why is my roof leaking when it's not raining?

If your roof is leaking when it’s not raining then it could be due to either of the following reasons:

  1. You have damaged or missing shingles. If your shingles are revealing the underlayment then it’s an open invitation for water to invade and eventually cause a leak.
  2. Chimney, vent, and skylight flashing. The flashing used to seal chimneys, vents, and skylights could be cracked or broken. If you have a skylight leaking this could also be the reason for that.
  3. Your gutters are clogged. Gutters can cause a lot of problems in left uncared for.

You could also find a water leak detector to assist with proper water leak detection.

Why does my roof leak in the winter?

If your roof only leaks during the winter, it could be due to an ice dam that’s formed inside of your attic. Ice dams form when temperatures outside warm above freezing during the day, which melts snow, and then re-freezes at night. This cycle of thaw and free goes on until the ice from thick enough to cause a water dam and flows backward underneath your shingles. Ice dams can destroy gutters and loosen shingles.

If this is the case, you can acquire some calcium chloride and pour it over pantyhose or tube socks and lay them vertically along the dam, hanging slightly over the roof. This will slowly melt the ice and create a ridge for water to vacate without flowing back into the house. And to prevent this from reoccurring, get a roof leak seal, and correct your insulation/ventilation.

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