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.