• Leaking Roof

    Roofing 101: what to do if you discover a leaking roof

    Your roof is one of the most important aspects of your home, so if you believe you have a problem, then it’s well worth checking out. Depending on how complex the issue is, you may be able to fix it yourself. Here’s how.

    Do you have a leak in your roof?

    Can you spot water stains extending across ceilings or down walls? If so, then it’s likely that you have a leaky roof and it’s important that you fix it immediately so that the problem doesn’t worsen. Even the smallest leak can lead to problems such as mould, rotted frameworks and destroyed insulation – and that’s without mentioning the damage it can eventually cause to the interior of your home.

    One quick way to check if you have a leak in your roof is to first look for any roof penetrations such as plumbing and roof vents, chimneys or dormers. Go into your loft and look for water stains, black marks or mold – all telltale signs. For leaks that are trickier to find, go up onto the roof with a garden hose and have someone stay inside the house to see if any drips appear. This process takes a lot of patience as it will be necessary for you to let the hose run for some time in the same area before it travels through into your home.

    Fixing plumbing vent boots

    The vent pipes that run up from your kitchen or bathroom to your roof are covered by something called ‘boots’ which can be made from plastic or a combination of plastic or metal. When these become rotted away or torn, water can work its way along the pipe and into the home. In this case, it’s better to buy a new vent boot to completely replace the old one. To do this, you’ll have to remove the shingles on either side of the vent with a flat bar, separating the sealant so that the nails pop out. After that, you should be able to nail your new boot in.

    Fixing roof vents

    Plastic roof vents may become cracked, and the seams on metal roof vents may break. In either case, you’ll need to replace the vents. Remove the nails on the top of the vent and across the shingles before screwing the bottom of the new vent back in place with rubber-weathered screws. Placing caulk underneath the nearby shingles is easier than nailing them down and should add a water barrier.

    Fixing walls and windows

    Water can also leak through walls and windows, especially when your caulking is old, worn or missing completely. Check these areas with a knife to see if the area is actually sealed and if you spot an issue, replace the caulk. You should also check the siding above the step flashing and make sure that any siding that has rotted away is replaced with a new piece that overlaps the step flashing by two inches or so.

    Fixing step flashing

    Step flashing is the material used along the walls that intersect the roof. Each section should channel rainwater down the shingles, but if the flashing becomes rusted or broken, leaks can occur. To replace flashing you must remove the shingles and then remove and replace the step flashing. It can be easy to nail the nails in the wrong place, so if you don’t happen to be an experienced roofer, then it might be best to leave it in the hands of a professional.

    How complex is your issue?

    If you don’t want to tackle the issue yourself, count on the team at Findley Roofing & Building to tackle it for you. For rapid response, call us today on 0191 417 3422 or email findleyroofing@gmail.com.

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