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Reasons Why You Should Repair a Leaking Roof Immediately

Just like any roofing material, it is very important to find out the cause of the leak first before you try to fix. How to find the root cause as well as to ultimately fix it usually varies depending on the roof type. In this article, you will be able to learn some helpful tips on how to med leaks on wooden shake roofs as well as flat roofs. 

 

Flat roofing is built up of roofing tar and felt layers. Most of the time, leaks occur at low spots or at certain areas where the felt roof has been damaged. Most of the time, the leak occurs directly below the spot that has been damaged and the damage in the felt roofing is often easy to detect. The moment you find that there’s still water pooling in the leaky area, soak it up using rags or mop it in order to let the surface of your flat roof dry.  

After that, brush off all the gravel you see. You should then look for cracks occurring in the felt or for any large blisters where the upper layer has separated. In order to mend the blisters, consider trying the steps below. 

Start by slicing the blister to open down the middle using a sharp utility knife. Cut should be penetrating to full depth of the blistered layer but make sure that it shouldn’t reach healthy roofing felt underneath. Next, lift the blister’s cut edges. If there’s any amount of water inside the blister, press it from edges toward the center in order to squeeze out the water from between layers of your roofing system. Using a rage, soak up the water that you have squeezed out the prop the edges up, letting the layers dry naturally. 

And, during cold months of if the layers of your flat roof are saturated thoroughly, consider using a propane torch that has flame spreader nozzle in order to completely dry out the felt but you need to make sure that you wear safety goggles. After that, carefully move the flame back and forth and over the inside layers of the blister.  

You should also bear in mind that roofing tar and felt are extremely flammable; therefore, you should not let the layers of your roof get hot too much to the point that it will bubble or burn – you certainly wouldn’t want to burn down your house so you better have to be careful. 

But, you should also be cautious especially if there is water under the large area of your roof, the problem will be more than just a simple blister and because of that, water might be running in, coming from the roof’s adjoining pitch.  

If this is the case, it is best to seek the professional help of an expert roofing Tampa contractor since they have the knowledge, skills and experience to solve any roofing related problems in the most efficient and effective manner, not to mention they are also readily equipped with the right tools and equipment in order to get the job done right the first time.