A common repair in many older houses is roof leak repair. Leaks are prone to spring up as a house age. Reasons for these leaks vary from one residence to another. Some leaks result from poor roofing installation or roofing materials like shingles becoming worn down over time. Others can result from plugged rain gutters or weather-related damage.
The first step to successful roof leak repair is finding the source of the leak. You should walk around your roof and inspect it for any damaged shingles or cracked mortar around the chimney. Both areas can be a source of leaks because shingles and caulking get worn down over time through constant exposure to the elements. You can spray water from a hose on your roof and watch where the water runs to determine the point from which the leak is originating.
If the shingles are damaged, your basic roof leak repair involves replacing the old shingles with new ones. It is a good idea to get rid of any shingles that are severely cracked, torn, missing pieces, or have old nail holes where a nail used to hold the shingle in place. For mortar around a chimney, the best option is to patch up small holes with a fresh dose of mortar. Caulk is an option too, but that caulk will also crack over time – exposing the leak again – if not properly maintained.
Roof leak repair can be made unnecessary if you take preventative measures to keep your roof in prime condition. You should get a certified inspector to examine the roof of your house. They can make recommendations on problem spots where leaks could potentially develop and could identify damage done by existing leaks. Keep a record of all inspection dates and repairs so you can have an accurate idea of how well repairs work and how often they are needed.