The roof is among the greatest significant parts of the property. The roof safeguards you, your belongings and the structure of the house from probable harm triggered by a storm, wind and all sorts of other stormy weather situations.
If you could not get into your attic, you must get on top of your rooftop and look for any obvious roof damage.
When you leave a leak untreated, it will instigate harm to the property’s construction, as well as to your personal belongings.
Any leak should be taken extremely seriously and repaired as soon as possible.
Locating the source of the leakage
Because the leak rarely stems directly above the moist stain in the ceiling, locating a leak in the roof can be a difficult task.
Remember that the leakage is almost always much higher in the roof than the moist ceiling.
It is generally much easier to locate a leakage when you are able to access and inch into the rooftop above the ceiling. Since it is easier to identify a leak while the light is shining through the roof, try to inspect the roof during the daytime.
When| you are not having any luck, get a sprinkler on the rooftop. Then get back in the roof with a very bright light. Shine it to the underside of the rooftop. The minute some water comes through, the light will be reflected and you found the leakage.
If you cannot get into your ceiling, you should get on top of the roof. Look for any apparent roof damage. When you locate any water puddles while on top, there is often a good likelihood that the underside of the tile has a crack in it and the water is leaking in that way.
A good idea is to change any damaged tiles on the rooftop even if they are not affecting a leak.
Examine the Flashing
Bad or untied flashing is often the cause of a leaking rooftop. Normally, the flashing can come untied in very strong winds and thunderstorm, and the nails can also pull out, causing an ideal opening for water into your property.
Inspect the flashing near chimneys, as well as along any fascia walls. Should you possess a tiled balcony above a room, inspect all the grouting. Frequently, the sun’ heat can initiate the grout to fracture. This too will be an entrance point for annoying water leakage.
You should replace the grout between the tiles in question with the same waterproof mix that professional tilers would use for shower floor or walls.
Inspect the PVC sheeting
Often, this sheeting could have become damaged over time and will need to be replaced. Replacing the sheeting is a relatively big job, as all the tiles will need to be lifted, the PVC sheeting installed, and then the tiles will need to be staged on the roof. It is recommended then, that get a professional to do the task for you.
Once you have located the leakage, most of the problem is over as you may cure the region in question in a suitable way.
Most roof leaks can be repaired fast and cheaply depending on the cause of the problem and the amount of money you want to spend. Almost every leak can be plugged or patched in a matter of minutes.
As soon as the task is finished, inspect the spot by putting the hose back on the roof or wait for the next downpour to check that the discovered leak has been repaired.
If you have done everything that you can but the problem still persists, you will need to get in a professional waterproofing expert to solve the problem for you such as Tremco (specialist roofing contractor). Cell: 073 270 8270 Website: http://tremco.co.za