Three Tips To Help Find And Repair Leaks Around Rooftop Structures

Hello, my name is Emily Green. Welcome to my website about home maintenance and repairs performed by general contractors. When I bought my first house, absolutely everything was in perfect condition. After living there for several months, however, I started to notice a slight decline in the finishes of certain materials in my house. I suspected that the items needed care, but I did not know how to proceed. A general contractor helped me learn everything I needed to know about home maintenance and repairs. I created this site to share this knowledge with my readers. Come by again soon to learn more.

Three Tips To Help Find And Repair Leaks Around Rooftop Structures

Three Tips To Help Find And Repair Leaks Around Rooftop Structures

19 August 2015
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If you have a home with different levels, you may have structures on your rooftop. Structures like chimneys and dormers can often be the cause of leaks. This is because the walls in these areas have flashing that can get a lot of wear and eventually begin to leak. Sometimes, it may be difficult to find the cause of the leaks in these areas of your roof. Here are some tips to help you find the source of water getting into your home and getting it repaired:

1. Walls And Flashing Causing Water Problems  

If you have a home with several floors, the walls that penetrate the roof can be a source of leaks. This is because walls often get a lot of runoff, which can wear shingles and flashing. To prevent these problems, have a rubber membrane, as well as flashing, installed in areas with walls. In addition, make sure that rubber membranes are extended up walls to ensure that water does not get in.

2.  Dormers And False Roof Structures Without Proper Flashing

Dormers can be another source of leaks on your roof. These are often false structures that are meant only to be decorative. They are the small roofs with windows that look kind of like dog houses. Any of these false structures need to have access from the attic, and should have the same waterproofing as other walls and structures on your roof. Check to make sure that these areas have adequate moisture barriers. If they do not have flashing like other walls, you will want to install it to protect these areas from leaks.

3. Chimneys, Chases And Rooftop Mechanics Causing Leaks

Chimneys and chases that have things like mechanical vents can also be a source of leaks on your roof. This is sometimes because they do not have a structure behind them to divert the water. This can create a water-trap, which will eventually lead to water damage. To fix this problem, have chimneys and mechanical chases updated with small structures called crickets, which divert water to prevent water-traps. This can be done anywhere on your roof where there is a standing water problem.

These are some tips to help you find leaks where structures are located on your roof. If you need help finding damage and getting repairs done, contact a roofing contractor, like Russ Lundin Roofing, and talk with them about the water problems on the roof of your home.

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Hello, my name is Emily Green. Welcome to my website about home maintenance and repairs performed by general contractors. When I bought my first house, absolutely everything was in perfect condition. After living there for several months, however, I started to notice a slight decline in the finishes of certain materials in my house. I suspected that the items needed care, but I did not know how to proceed. A general contractor helped me learn everything I needed to know about home maintenance and repairs. I created this site to share this knowledge with my readers. Come by again soon to learn more.

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