Without an attic, it can be difficult for you to determine if your roof is leaking. This is a common problem especially for Calgary AB homeowners with flat roofs or just those without attics and use internal ceilings. If not addressed soon, roof leaks can lead to devastating structural damages, which can become expensive.
Internal ceilings won’t give you direct access to your roof deck. However, you will find signs of leakage if you observe its different sections from inside your home. The Roofing Company Las Vegas has an excellent guide on detecting roof leaks for homes with internal ceilings — it’s right below.
Detect a Roof Leak With No Roof Access
A water stain in your house unexpectedly appeared out of nowhere. After a few attempts to hide it with concealing paint, it continues to reappear. It is the first thing visitors ask about, and the idea of structural damage is starting to come to mind.
Don’t let ceiling water stains let you down. It is a common issue in houses that do not have an attic. Did you know bad plumbing, windows, and condensation from pipes are leading factors? Your home is a place of sanctuary, and it can continue to stay that way with our helpful tips.
Roof Leak Detection with No Attic Access Whatsoever
If you decide to prolong repairing your roof, keep in mind that water can cause structural damage to your property. The cost of fixing structural damage not only puts you and your family’s safety at risk but it can be expensive. Here’s how to detect roof leaks without an attic:
Checking for Ceiling Stains
One of the few indicators is a brown spot on your ceiling. It means water is entering from the circular stain to the direction of the long flow of water in the opposite direction.
If your ceiling is an angle on a slope, it will go in the direction from the top of the roof to the bottom. If not fixed within a timely manner, it will eventually move to the side of the wall.
Checking the Exterior of the House (Read full post)
You now know the possible locations of leaks inside your property. Placing buckets underneath them, you wonder if you can do repairs especially during an ongoing storm and calling your contractor is next to impossible.
Providing makeshift and simple repairs to prevent further damage from roof leaks is something Calgary AB homeowners with zero to a little DIY experience can perform. However, you’ll need to get on the roof. With the right tools and this guide from Roof Revivers, you’re well on your way to improving your roof. Check out an excerpt of their process below (and disregard the Attic section).
How to Fix Roof Leaks During a Storm
Roof leaks are a problem in any weather, but a roof that starts to leak during a heavy rainstorm can quickly turn into a major emergency. Unfortunately, rainy weather is when a roof leak is most likely to happen–and when roofers become inundated with calls from panicked homeowners.rain causing roof leak
Your roof is leaking and you’ve contacted a roofer for help, but if they can’t get there immediately there are some things you can do to to minimize the damage to your home’s interior as well as the roof. And since roofing companies often charge extra for emergency calls, you doing work ahead of time may save you money on your repair bill.
The Inside of Your House
The first thing you want to do, is deal with the leak inside your house so you can minimize interior damage.
Most of the time, a roof leak will form a small puddle in the attic and/or ceiling until it finds an escape route–usually something like a light fixture or heating register. Ceiling joints or corners are other spots where leaks will often occur. Sometimes these leaks happen in multiple places from one source, making it look much worse than it usually is.
If the ceiling is holding water or you see a bulge in the drywall, poke a hole in the center with a screwdriver or other similar object in the middle of it. This will drain water to that one spot, which will help lessen the damage to the ceiling and help collect the water into one stream.
To collect the water, you can always use buckets or large cooking pots, but the best idea is to use the garbage pail you put outside for waste disposal. These containers are large and most have wheels, making them easier to move even if they are filled with water.
If you have time beforehand, move any articles in the room that could be damaged by moisture off of the ground or into a different room. You may also want to put down drop cloths, garbage bags or tarp on the floor to make sure that carpeting and flooring stay dry as well.
Try to do this as soon as possible after “draining” water from the ceiling. This will also make any cleanup easier and protect surfaces from not just water, but from dust and debris created by removing any damaged drywall or ceiling tiles.
Now that you have done damage control and done the most to keep the interior of your home from the least amount of damage possible, it is time to try to find the source of the roof leak.
Find the Source of the Roof Leak (Read Full Post)
Right after the storm clears, it is wise to call on Calgary AB’s best roof repair specialists to address the leaks in your roof and prolong its lifespan and capability. However, you’re wondering if there’s any way you can prevent your roofs from leaking again especially during a rainstorm.
Leaks definitely come out of nowhere and never within your expected time. For this reason, it is important to know the common factors that lead to roof leaks. Remedy Roofing has a comprehensive and useful list that can help. Read more about it below.
Six Reasons Why Your Roof Is Leaking
It happens to everyone at some point in time: You notice a dark stain on the ceiling or streaks on your walls. Or even worse, you see droplets or a stream of water flowing from these areas. Your roof is leaking!
Leaks seems to come from out of the blue, for no good reason at all. Even on newly installed roofs or relatively young ones, leaks can happen. There are several reasons and factors that should be considered:
It may be due to poor installation and workmanship, faulty materials or it may have been mother nature with a wind or hail storm: Once shingles that have blown off, fallen off or out of place due to improper installation the integrity of your roof system has been compromised and this can cause leaks. Many times, this can be spotted from the ground, however on some roofs a professional may be required to inspect.
The roof valley (The “V” created where two sloping roofs meet) could have been punctured. Either the valley metal (open valley) or shingles (closed valley) could have been damaged either accidently by other personnel or roofers stepping in them or if maintenance is neglected, buildup of debris could cause water buildup and leaks.
Poor Installation or Materials (Read Full Post)
Permanent and life-prolonging roof repairs are procedures only professional and experienced contractors can perform. In this light, only call for the best specialists in town. No Payne Roofing has decades of experience servicing roofs across your locality and many consider us the go-to company for all kinds of roofing needs. Contact us today!