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Summerville Roofing: Article About Identifying and Repairing A Leak

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They usually come out of nowhere. You have a particularly rainy winter, and the next thing you know, your kitchen floor is covered in water. Leaky Summerville roofing can be a major problem for many homeowners for several reasons. First of all, a small leak can lead to major damage if it isn't taken care of quickly. The water can lead to mold inside the insulation, wood rot, shorting of electrical appliances and more. Because of this, it is important to find the leak as soon as possible. Given the size of most roofs, finding the leak is the hardest part, while repairing it tends to be relatively simple.

The first step in finding a leak is to watch for signs that you may have one. Discolored spots on your ceiling and walls, or walls that are damp to the touch and slightly bulging out can be indicative of a leak. When you notice these signs, that's when it is time to take the next step and start looking for the specific location of the leak.

Start by climbing onto the roof and looking downhill towards the area of the leak. Keep an eye out for any items that might have penetrated the roof, like roof vents, piping, even a large stick. Weak places in the roof are the most common cause of leaks. Most roofs will not form a leak with uninterrupted shingles, even if they are older.

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The next step is to climb into your attic and look up. Look for wet insulation or mold. Sometimes the insulation will be discolored due to dirty water. Be sure to take a flashlight with you so you can see clearly. If you find the leak, wear gloves when removing the insulation so you don't get roofing materials all over yourself.

If you still can't find the leak, have someone stay in the house while you run water down the roof with a hose. Have your help pinpoint exactly where the leak begins, and work your way back from there. Just because a place drips doesn't mean that is where the leak originates water has a tendency to flow to a low point before building up enough that it leaks through your roof, so keep that in mind. When you find the leak, make sure to follow the flow of the water, particularly if it is on an incline.

When you have found the source of the leak, then you can begin to worry about patching it. This can be done with caulk, new shingles or a leak repair kit. Remember, once you have noticed a leak, don't wait to repair it. A small problem can turn into a big one if it isn't taken care of in time.

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