Roof Leaks And How To Fix them
A small roof leak can turn into a major problem if left unfixed. Rotted framing, molds and a damaged ceiling are what you get if you don't bother with repairs now. Before the damage becomes any bigger, track down the cause and mend the hole immediately. Finding the leak can be pretty tricky but zone in on the water stains running down the walls. Look carefully for the damage in that leaky area. After you've pinpointed the exact location of the leak, there are several ways on how to fix them. Waterproofing in Singapore is still the best way to prevent any future problems but if it can't be helped, there's always a solution to every problem. The following are ways to deal with the problem at hand.
A. Replace Roof Vents
If the leak is caused by a cracked or broken roof vent. don't you dare use a duct tape for a "quick fix". Replace the damaged vents. You also have to look for loose and missing nails and replace with rubber-washered screws to avoid the same problem from happening. If only a single shingle of the roof is damaged, use a hammer and a chisel to remove it and use pliers to take it out then replace.
B. Use Flashing with Small Holes
Before the ceiling starts to rot and start crumbling down on you, look for those tiny holes in shingles. Do not use caulk or roof cement to permanently block the holes. Do not use any kind of sealant since it will eventually wear and tear and does not solve the problem entirely. Fix this problem with flashing.
C. Inspect Walls and Dormers
When strong winds and rain happen at the same time, there is a chance that it can seep and leak through the cracks between the corner boards and sidings of the side walls and windows. The caulk between the window edges can be cracked and missing over time so rain water can find its way inside the house through this. Replace caulk with siliconized latex caulk to avoid leaking on the sides. Broken or damaged sidings, just like roof vents or shingles, must be replaced.
D. Mend Roof Blisters
In case of blisters on roll roofing where rain water is collected in a dented portion, thereby causing rot and leak, make sure to attend to it immediately. Inspect the area carefully and use a utility knife to cut through it. Remove the water inside the blister and make sure it's dry before applying roofing cement.
Minor roof leaks like the ones mentioned can be dealt with through DIY fixes. But if the roof leak is too big a problem for you to handle, call a professional roofer.