A leak in your roof can lead to further damage to your home. It can cause mold and mildew growth from the moisture combined with the warm air in your home. If the water is leaking into your ceiling or walls, this is further repair work you will have to deal with. If there is a leak in your roof, you need to find where the water is coming in from and make the repair. This can be difficult to find, especially if it has been leaking for some time. You may want to leave this job to a professional roofing company to ensure that it is done properly. Read on for tips on how to find the leak and what you need to know to repair it.
How to Find the Leak
To find the leak, you may see the general area of where it is, especially if you have water damage to your ceiling or your walls. After you have found the water damage, you should get into your attic and take a look with a flashlight. If you go in during the daytime hours, you may be able to see daylight coming in, which would most likely be where the leak is located. If it isn't that obvious to you, you can look for other signs of water inside your attic. If you see several leaks, be sure you repair all of them. Note that if you're noticing extensive damage to your attic ceiling, you may want to consider replacing the entire roof.
How to Make the Repair
If you only have a minor leak or just one leak, you may be able to repair this one area. Get onto the roof carefully so you don't fall through. Remove the shingles where the leak is located and inspect the wood sheeting. If the wood is rotten or damaged, it should be replaced. Remove the bad sheeting and replace it with a new piece, nailing it into place. Once the wood is replaced, you can add tar paper and your new shingles. Nail the new tar paper and shingles into place, but keep an eye on your attic to be sure you don't have another leak elsewhere.
If you have a leak in your roof, it could be coming in from the roof itself, or sometimes it may be coming in from the edge where the gutter is or along the soffit/fascia. Do a thorough inspection and repair the roof as needed or hire a roofing repair company to help you.