The first factor that we would look into to determine the source of the leak would be: are we actually dealing with a roof leak? We have to verify that first because in some cases the source of the leak isn’t the roof at all. It could be your heating or cooling system having some condensation, which is causing the water to drip and cause water stains on your walls or ceiling. It could also be a plumbing situation, a leaky pipe, a loose valve, or something else involving the plumbing system in your house.
Once we have determined that there are no other sources of water causing wet spots on the ceiling or walls, we can be reasonably sure that we do have a leak. Now we can determine where and how the water is getting in.
There are several situations in which your Maui, HI roof would allow water in from the outside:
Loose, cracked or rotting shingles: This is one of the most common roof leak occurrences and is most likely to happen if your asphalt shingle is more than 15 or 20 years old. That’s getting up in years for asphalt shingles. We can look at the roof and see if it makes sense to repair the location of the leak, or if it would be more cost effective to replace the roof.
A nail that has backed out: In a shingle roof, you might find that a shingle nail has somehow backed itself out and cut through the top shingle. You would be surprised at how much water can enter in through that one little nail hole. Over time this can mean quite a bit of water damage. Catching it early is a cheap fix.
Bad flashing installation: Flashing is the metal piece that seals up the area where the roof meets a vertical surface, such as a chimney or a wall. If this is not installed properly, water will find a way in eventually. Nails can also work themselves out of flashing.
Crack around plumbing vent: The plumbing vent is one of the things that protrude through the roof, and it has to be properly sealed. The base of the vent is normally enclosed by a rubber “boot”, which itself is also covered with shingles. Since these boots are made of rubber, after a while they develop cracks and breaks from extended exposure to the sun. This is one of the first areas we check for a roof leak.
Pacific Roofing & Repair, LLC knows exactly what to look for to track down a leak. Remember, water is persistent and it can travel quite a distance before you see it showing up on your ceiling. By the time you notice it in the interior, the actual roof could have started leaking weeks before that or longer. That’s why it is important to call us as soon as you notice a problem. The earlier we catch the problem and take care of it, the smaller (and less expensive) the problem is.
If you have a roofing leak, and you would like some help to detect where it’s coming from, give the experts at Pacific Roofing & Repair, LLC a call today.
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