3 Potential Places Where A Roof Can Leak

Roof leaks are a problem that will require a homeowner's immediate attention. If left alone for a couple days, the result could be major damage to the ceilings and walls of your home. Unfortunately, roof leaks can spring up in all kinds of places. Here are three areas you should look at that are fairly common for leaks.

Chimney Leaks

Your roof can leak due to a chimney that has damaged or loose flashing around it, or when the caulking that surrounds the chimney's base is cracking and wearing away. If you're able to get onto your home's roof to inspect for damage, start by investigating these parts of the chimney.

If deteriorating caulk is the problem, you can cut away all of the bad caulk and replace it with brand new caulk. You'll need a putty knife for prying old caulk from grooves, then you can use a tube of roofing caulk and a caulking gun to reapply it back where it was. There are also tools to smooth out the caulk, which will ensure that it completely fills the space located between your flashing and the chimney. Check your local home improvement store for these items.

When the flashing is what needs replacing, that is most likely your leak source. Since flashing is a bit more complicated, have a professional, like one at Georoulis Roofing & Construction, replace it for you.

Skylight Leaks

Leak from your skylights are typically due to flashing that has gone bad. Look for places around the skylight where flashing has started to peel away or is corroded. Temporarily fix this problem by applying roofing caulk to stick the flashing back on, or applying caulk to an area that is corroded to fill in the holes. This technique will help buy you some time until a roofer can get out to your home to repair it.

Valley Leaks

Since water will pool in the roof's valleys, it makes it a prime area for the shingles to prematurely degrade. Simply give the shingles an inspection, and look ones that are damaged or missing. If you have extra shingles on hand, they can easily be replaced by slipping a new shingle in its place, then securing it with roofing nails. You can also use roofing cement along the back of the shingle if you want to ensure the new shingle adheres to your roof.

If you need help doing any kind of roof repair, do not hesitate to call a plumber and have them do it for you.