When you notice a water stain on your ceiling, that's a pretty sure sign your roof is leaking. A roof leak is a problem you want to fix right away. When moisture gets inside your attic, it causes damage to the wood and insulation that can lead to costly repairs. The fact that water stains have appeared means that damage has already begun. When your roof is leaking, you should call a roofing contractor to assess the problem and recommend a solution as soon as you can. On the other hand, if you're handy with home improvements and aren't afraid of climbing around on the roof, you might be able to deal with the problem yourself. Here's what you do.
Locate The Leak
Finding the source of the leak is often the most difficult part of fixing the problem. You may think you've stopped the leak only to see more drips in the attic during the next rain. To find areas of potential trouble, look on your roof as well as inside your attic. Have a friend with you to help.
When you're inside the attic, have your friend stand on the roof and roll water down it with a hose. When you see water dripping in the attic, pound on the roof deck where you see the leak so your friend on the roof can mark the spot. Keep in mind, the water may roll down the ceiling several inches before it drips. For that reason, when you get up on the roof, check the area several inches above the marked spot too.
When you're on top of the roof, look for obvious problems that can cause a leak such as a missing shingle, cracked shingle, curled shingle, and a gap in flashing.
Repair The Roof
It's fairly easy to repair a leaking roof if the damage is minor. You can use roofing tar or adhesive to glue down curled shingles and fill in cracks. You can buy replacement shingles at a home improvement store for replacing missing shingles. Just slip them in place and nail them into the holes already present. You can fill in gaps around flashing with roofing cement placed in a caulking gun. If the damage is extensive, it may be worth the expense to hire a roofer to make the repairs since it may be difficult for you to find and fix all the leaks when there are many of them. If your roof is old and leaking because the shingles are worn out and deteriorated, then it may be time to put on a new roof rather than sink money into repairs that won't last long.
For more information, contact Dean Roofing Company or a similar organization.