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Longmont Roofing: Article About Identifying and Repairing Water Leaks

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Properly identifying water leaks requires some type of knowledge of roofing basics and a general understanding of how to repair a roof. Anything that requires more detailed repair or replacement should be directed toward licensed and insured roofing contractors, such as Longmont roofing companies.

Identifying water leaks and how to repair them does not require an extensive mechanical skill set. Homeowners who are uncertain about their ability to inspect for leaks only need some basic tools and a willingness to learn. In the long run, homeowners who tackle home improvement projects on their own not only save time, but they save money.

Roofs that leak water create the biggest problems for homeowners. Every part of the house's underlying structure faces damage from a water leak. Therefore, homeowners should first focus their attention on finding leaks and how to fix them.

First, if a water leak does not show obvious signs such as damp patches on ceilings, but a homeowner suspects a leak, spray heavy amounts of water using a garden hose evenly across the roof. Spend 20 minutes or more spraying the roof. Once finished, immediately inspect every ceiling in the house for damp spots. Also, look at trouble spots, including all windowsills for any sign of water leaking into the sills.

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If the home has porches built on to the house, check where the main roof connects to the porch. Check for signs that water leaks where the roof and the porch connect. This is an often overlooked area that creates heavy damage if water leaks into the connecting wall.

If water leaks do exist, it is time to find their exact location. If the house is a shingle roof, look for any shingles that appear buckled or discolored. If one does exist, and it is in the general area of the damp ceiling, chances are good that that's the problem spot. From there, carefully climb onto the roof and closely inspect the area in question. Look under the shingles and inspect for obvious signs of damage. If damage or rot does exist, remove the shingles from the four small nails that attach each shingle. Inspect the underlying tarpaper for damage or rot. If the tarpaper looks good, simply replace the shingles within the problem area. However, if the underlying tarpaper shows any evidence of dry rot or appears damaged in any way, contact a professional roofer and have the area thoroughly inspected.

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