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How to fix a leaky roof from inside?

Nov 11

How to fix a leaky roof from inside?


When it snows or rains, water stains are suddenly visible on the ceiling. Water is seen trickling down the walls and forming small pools of water on the floor. Because of all the activity within the house, the roof quickly becomes a mess. These are all the things Fort Wayne Roofers has spotted.


Step-by-Step Roof Repairs

These procedures are only temporary. Professional repair or replacement of a roof that is leaking is the best long-term solution. The roof serves one purpose: to protect you from the elements. These elements can wear and strain the roof which can lead to it being destroyed. A professional will be required to create a cohesive design. Let's get the party started!

Step 1: Get up to the attic.

  • For a leaky roof to be repaired, you will need to locate the attic of your house and go into it. If the covering is made of plastic, it should be placed between the wall and the insulation.

  • Remove the insulation from the sides and drain any excess water. To drain the water, place a little piece of wood above the ceiling joists.

  • If the roof is already wet, puncture it. Then, put a bucket underneath and let the water run freely into the bucket. It is possible that the ceiling will need to be repaired later.

Step 2 - Finding the Leak

  • It is crucial to identify the source of any roof leaks. The size of the hole must be accurately determined. If you don't, these steps will need to be repeated.

  • It is important to watch where it enters your roof. Sometimes it can travel quite a distance from the spot where it is entering the ceiling. It is possible to follow the water's movement along a beam. It is worth noting, however, that water can sometimes follow the base on the roof deck.

  • Once you've repaired the damage, you can go up to the attic. You should not step on anything that isn’t supported. Then, with a flashlight, locate the affected area, and trace it back to where it entered your roof.

  • It can sometimes be difficult to locate a minor leak. If the water flow lines are not visible and the stain appears to be small, you should inspect the roof for any single nails that may have escaped from the roof support.

  • Sometimes moisture from the lower rooms seeps into the attic. This condenses onto chilly nails. You can identify this shiner by climbing into your attic on cold nights.

  • They will turn white because moisture is settling onto the nails. The frost on the pin will melt as the attic heats up later in day. It is possible to remove the nail using pliers.


Step 3: Create a repair

  • To create a temporary leak, use a roofing patch, plywood, and tar. You will need a utility knife to apply the roofing glue to the hole or base on the roof deck.

  • Attach the plywood or the shingle to the roofing tar. Be sure to add enough asphalt around the edges of the leaking area. This step is necessary to ensure that it remains stable and secure.


Step 4 - Calculate the total distance from the leak.

  • While still in the attic, measure the entire distance of the hole and its extent from the roof and ridge. By doing this, you make it much easier to locate the leak when it rains.

  • After the rain has stopped, you will be able to return to your roof, measure the exact dimensions and then secure the base with roofing tar.


Fort Wayne Roofers

Fort Wayne, IN

(260) 233 7260