I know it may be sad to hear, but roofs are not invulnerable to wear and tear, nor to weather conditions. Every now and then you will have to provide maintenance for your roof, and you will have to fix everything that is even slightly out of place. This is not something that you should leave unattended to, otherwise you will be facing a very nasty leakage that will be both annoying, and will cost you when it starts damaging the structure of your home. When a roof is leaking it must be taken care of immediately. A roof repair can be a costly experience and that’s not counting the carpet cleaning fees you will have to pay after your floors are soaked and start collecting mildew. And yes, those have to be cleaned as best as possible, with the best cleaners before they start causing health problems. Builders may have to be called in if the problem is serous enough. There are some tips on how to fix a leaking roof before making it a handyman job.
Do a Thorough Checkup
When you even suspect that there might be some roof damage – or even if there have been a few months since your last checkup – you should go up there and check the overall structure of the roof. Check every board, every plank, every brick or rock, or whatever the roof is made out of. You want a solid and spotless defense against the sky’s constant attempts to drown you or break your house, right?
Fix the Blisters
Check for any blisters and cracks along the roofing if you have a solid roof. If there are some, then immediately buy some roof cement. Take something sharp and cut off the cracked area of the roof, then fill it up with the roofing cement and it will no longer be a problem.
Replaced Damaged Shingles
Always check the shingles. If the shingles are curled up, they may need to be replaced. If they come off with little effort, they should also be replaced. Once the old shingle is removed, scrape off any form of roof cement that is left under it. Use a utility knife to help put the new shingle in place and smooth it down. Cleaning will not do a much better job, so be thorough with the structural work. Also, when you are buying your shingles unless you are a roof expert, you should always ask the seller about their solidity and even ask for advice about both choice of shingle, and method of placing – every new information should be welcomed.
If the leak is happening in an area where there is a connection remove any damaged caulk and then clean and dry this area. Cut the tip off a new tube of caulk and put it along the same lines. Work the caulk into the crack and allow it to dry. Make sure all holes are plugged, make sure that the immediate area around the connections is not compromised and that it can manage even with a bit more wear and tear. Always make sure that little pushes won’t be too much for the structure and fortify the area around the connections as best you can.
Check for Additional Damage
Even after you think you are done, you will need to do another checkup. It’s important that you stay vigilant above all else when dealing with roof damage. When you find an area of damage, you need to check the area above and below the site of damage. Usually there is a leak that occurs around this area. You should also inspect the suspected area from the attic, to check for inside damage and leakages. You should look for water stains, black marks, or any mold growing.
The Clean Up
And after you are done with everything else, you need to do a final home cleaning for the entire home in case you missed an area. As stated before, if there are any leak damages, they should be cleaned immediately before they start creating moisture which will lead to mildew and rot. These are two words you will want to keep away from your home. If you don’t think you can do it yourself, don’t worry – you can always find inexpensive cleaning companies and professional cleaners who can do that for you.
These are just some tips on how to fix a leaking roof that can help save a person a lot of money and repair the problem in no time. The most expenses you could come across is if you have to buy new materials from the store, but in most cases – unless there is an extreme weather situation at hand, or something completely unforeseeable – roofs can be handled