How to Repair a Roof Leak

If you find visible water stains alongside your ceiling or walls, then it is probably a roof leak. Roof leaks are one of the most annoying problems for a homeowner. And if you live somewhere, where it snows, then the problem can get even worse. If time is not on your side, then you will need to hire a professional who specializes in roof leak repair. However, there are several ways to repair a roof leak and most of them are fortunately quite simple:

Picture of a man catching water from a leaking roof.


Find the roof leaks: In order to repair a roof leak, you first have to find the exact source of the leak. The easiest way of doing that is by looking out for roof penetrations. In most cases, leaks occur when items like chimneys or roof vents are penetrating the roof. If you have access to the attic of your roof, then the job becomes much easier. All you have to do is climb to the attic with a flashlight and search for mold or water stains. Water stains are the strongest evidence of a leak. However, if you don’t have access to the attic, then you have to climb to the top of the roof and search for leaks. In case you are still struggling to find the location of the leak, you will need the help of another person. Climb to the top of the roof with a water pipe and make your helper stays inside the house. Now water a specific area of the roof. Tell your helper to stay in that exact same area within the house and check whether water is dripping or not. Although it is a very lengthy process, but it is still very effective.

Roofs with asphalt shingles: You will find asphalt shingles in most of the modern day houses. If your roof has them, then you are in luck, because they are very easy to repair. If the shingles are a bit loose, then you can easily fix them once again with the help of roofing cement. You can also paint the cement if you wish. However, in case there is a crack or the shingles are rotten, then you need to replace them. You can do it yourself if you want. In order to remove them, you first have to lift the edges gently and then slowly slide it down. While installing a new shingle, make sure that it fits in perfectly along with the other shingles. You can also use roofing nails to make your shingles more secure.

Fix small holes: Sometimes, leaks are due to very small holes in the roof. These tiny holes are also very difficult to detect. These holes are usually caused by satellite dishes or because of a storm. They also often go undetected for many days. If you find one such hole, you should fix it immediately. However, don’t use caulk to fix these holes. It is not very effective. You should instead use flashing.

Complex roofs: There are many houses which have a very dynamic and complex roof line. Although they look great, but unless they are maintained perfectly, they are prone to leaks and other troubles. Especially during the rainy seasons, snow can pile up in the roof, which will result in the creation of an ice dam. Ice dams can be extremely dangerous and will put extra pressure on the roof. In order to avoid that, you can use several ice melting products. Or you can also install heating cables along the edges of the roof. But they are slightly expensive and your electricity bill will also rise.

Fix Roof Vent: Sometimes leaks happen because of a crack in your metal or plastic vent. Generally, the most effective option is to actually replace them. You may try using caulk but they are not effective. And if you find any loose nails, then you should replace them with screws.

Consult a professional: In most of the cases, you can easily repair the leak yourself. However, in some situations, you may have to consult a roofing company. They may charge you a hefty fee, but they are experts and will get the job done effectively. And there will also be no further damage. And if you want to do it yourself, then wait for a bright and sunny day. Going to a slippery roof can be very dangerous.