How do I stop my roof from leaking inside?
For Texas homeowners, there is nothing more devastating than a leaking roof. A leaking roof can be fixed from the inside or the outside. There various do-it-yourself methods to fix a leak from the inside. However, you have to be keen not to end up wreaking more havoc on your roof.
Before going for a roof replacement, let’s look at practical ways of fixing a leak from the inside. You will need several tools to successfully fix your roof from the inside, including caulking, leak patch, scraper, roofing tar, and a bucket.
Step 1: Identify the Leak
The first thing is to identify where the leak is. You will need to get inside the ceiling and trace where water is dropping from as it falls into the ceiling through the attic. Remember to carry a flashlight if the ceiling is dark.
Don’t be in a hurry; sometimes, water travels for a distance from where it’s leaking before dropping into the ceiling. If possible, look for the leak when it’s showering. Otherwise, if it’s raining heavily, you will need to wait until the rain stops.
Additionally, you have to divert the water when locating a leak in wet conditions. You can divert the water by putting a nail into the hole where water drains. If it is a massive leak, you can use a bucket to collect the water.
Step 2: Seal the Leak with Roofing Tar
For impressive results, wait for the leaking point to dry. It is relatively easier to locate the leaking point when it’s dry. Besides, a roof patch sticks better on a dry surface. Since you have identified the leaking point, now it’s time to make a temporary patch. Use a marker pen or chalk to circle around the leaking point.
Sealing a leak involves pressing roofing tar on a piece of plywood or shingle. Use a knife to apply tar around the leak. Focus on the leaked patch and ensure the tar sticks firmly. You can opt to use a scraper to cover the leak point, encircle it with caulking, and spread it evenly for better results.
Step 3: Inspect the Roof
Now that you have sealed the leak inspect the roof to determine whether everything is in place. Check whether there is any part of the underlayment, shingles, or flashing damaged or affected slightly. Clear debris from the roof and check for loose nails and any wear and tear.