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Have a Leaky roof problem?
Leaky roofs can be a very small problem that can become expensive very quickly. Taking immediate action and repairing the problem before it becomes a larger one is what we do at Kresta roofing.
Leaky roofs aren’t just the result of severe weather, it is something that can be a result of several rain showers over several years. The damage from these storms becomes gradual without maintenance and can produce a leaky roof. If ignored the leak could result in mold, water damage, and even structural damage.
How to Identify a Roof Leak:
While trying to identify a roof leak, keep in mind that gravity pulls water downhill so start your inspection uphill on the roof of where the water stains were noticed inside. You can do this by measuring from an exterior wall inside of the house, then measure that same distance on a flat line up on the roof. Roof penetrations are by far the most common types of roof leaks that we find. Roof penetrations include chimneys, gas vents, pipe flashings, or anything else that sticks up out of the roof. If a leak is found below where there is a penetration in the roof, it is very likely that the penetration needs to be re-sealed or flashed. If you have attic access, you can oftentimes climb into your attic and see signs of where water has been running, wood rot or even mold.
How to pinpoint a roof leak:
A water inspection is the truest way to identify a roof leak. To complete a water test, you will need a water hose, attic access, and a helping hand. You can begin your inspection by starting a video call or phone call. I prefer doing a video call because it allows both of you to know exactly what is going on at all times. After making a video call, have one person go into the attic above where the water stains are, and the other person go up on the roof with a running water hose. The person on the roof needs to be sure to start below the leak and work their way up the roof. If you were to start at the top of the area, the water would run down and hit all of the possible leaking areas. Ideally, start a couple of feet below where the leak is and hold the water in that area for a few minutes. Communicate with the person inside of the attic to see if any water is entering the attic. If none is found, move the water hose a foot or so upward and let the water run for a few minutes again. Keep completing these steps until eventually, the person in the attic acknowledges to you that water is entering into the attic. Once identified, remove the water away from the area until the leaking stops. To verify that you have found the leak, place the water hose back onto the area that you last identified water leaking into the attic. If your helper inside of the attic communicates back to you that water is entering again, you have identified the source of the leak. Your next step is to remove the shingles or flashings in that area and replace them. It is very likely that you will find rotten wood so be sure to have your decking, decking screws, saw, bar, hammer, felt, shingles, roofing nails, and flashings (if needed) ready to go before beginning repairs.
Having repairs made:
We offer water testing when necessary but most of the time our trained reps will be able to identify your roof leak without doing so. Our most common repairs are made on shingle, metal, tile, and flat roofing systems, but our repair services for leaking roofs are available for all types of roofing systems. Give us a call today and let us take the burden off of your shoulders, backed by a Kresta Warranty, leaving you and your family with the security that you deserve.