5 Tips for a Quick Fix

What to Do If Your Roof is Leaking

If you have a leaking roof, it can be a major headache to repair. Not only is the water a nuisance, but it can also cause serious damage to your home if left unchecked. In this article, we will discuss five tips for repairing a leaking roof quickly and efficiently.

NOTE: It’s important to keep in mind that these steps are only to be taken if you aren’t able to call in professional help. Insufficient roof repairs can lead to even more damage if left unchecked.

With that in mind, the following are tips for fixing your roof until such a time as you can call in professional services.

Tip #1: Locate the Leak

The first step in repairing a leaking roof is locating the source of the leak. This can be difficult, but it is important to do so in order to properly fix the problem. There are a few ways to locate the leak, including using a water hose or looking for discoloration on the ceiling. Once you have located the leak, you can begin to repair it.

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Tip #2: Repair Roof Penetrations

If you locate the leak and it is coming from a roof penetration (such as a chimney or vent), then you will need to repair this area. You can do this by applying roofing cement around the penetration and then sealing it with flashing tape.

Tip #3: Seal Roofing Tiles

If the leak is coming from a roofing tile, you can seal it by using roofing cement. First, remove the damaged tile and then apply the cement. Be sure to allow the cement to dry completely before replacing the tile.

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Tip #4: Repair Roof Vents

If the leak is coming from a roof vent, you can repair it by applying roofing cement around the vent and then sealing it with flashing tape.

Tip #5: Replace Roof Flashing

If the leak is coming from somewhere other than a penetration or a roofing tile, then it is likely that the flashing is at fault. You can replace this by removing the old flashing and installing new flashing. Be sure to seal the flashing with roofing cement.

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Let Us Help You

These are five tips for repairing a leaking roof quickly and efficiently. Follow these tips in the case of an emergency, and contact Clayton Hoover & Sons at claytonhoover.com/roofing if you’d like us to come out to inspect your roof for repairs.