Reasons Your Roof is Leaking

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Having a leaking roof after you have spent a fortune on the interiors of your house could be any house dweller’s worst nightmare.

Before you begin the interiors of your house, it is essential that you get your foundations checked and ensure optimum quality of cement used in the construction.

Make sure your roofing shingles are attached properly and maybe you could go in for a leak test before proceeding with your interior designing.

The most common reasons why your roof could leak are:

Cracked Flashing:

Flashing are basically thin metal pieces installed under the roofing shingles on the joints of the roof to create resistance from water. This flashing can either be exposed or concealed. If exposed they appear like metal sheets on your roof and if concealed, they need to get a rubber coating on the top. If the flashing cracks it may cause leakage. The tar used to seal the flashing pieces together may corrode after some time leading to cracks in them. These cracks might further enlarge due to harsh wind or heavy rainfall.

Broken Shingles:

These are easy to spot. They may happen due to extreme harsh climatic conditions, poor quality of materials used or poorly fixed shingles. You may find broken and lose pieces of shingles lying here and there or you might even notice uneven patches in your roofing shingles. You need to replace the damaged or broken shingles with new ones to ensure that your roof doesn’t leak.

Shingle Sealing:

For the slopes and other angular sides, it is necessary that the shingles are sealed with precision on these areas. These can break due to harsh winds or heavy rainfall and poorly attached shingles. You need to check your roof slopes for wet spots to trace the leakage of the water.

Proper Vent Booting:

A vent boot is a small pipe sticking out of the roof to expel the moisture from the house. If there is a leakage from this area, you can spot is easily by looking for wet spots or damaged ceiling from this area. These have to be sealed properly using some flashing along with a tight rubber sealant.

Ice Dam Buildup:

In extreme cold climate, a ridge of snow settles at the edge of your roof preventing the snow to melt away. The ice just sits on your roof for long and this causes dampness on your ceilings. The weight of the ice damages the ceiling. Also, the heat from the attic causes some of the water to melt and reach the edges of the roof where it might refreeze. A roof rake can be of some help during such problems.

Improperly Installed Skylights:

The skylights installed in your roof might cause the leakage if they are not properly tightened with rubber sealants. This problem is easy to spot. Skylights are mostly installed by people living in scarcely populated areas.

Any of the above mentioned reasons could be causing your roofs to leak. Call an expert to repair the leakage.

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How to Pressure Wash Siding

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There are several DIY home projects for the exterior of your home to improve its curb appeal. You can plant a garden or a tree or even install new siding. To install new siding requires either a lot of money or a lot of time.

The good news is you can renew the color and cleanliness of your home’s siding by power washing or pressure washing it. This will also help to extend the lifetime of the current siding and delay the need for new siding.

This project only requires 2-3 hours depending on the size of your home and your experience level with a pressure washer. Here is how to pressure wash siding to increase your home’s curb appeal:

The Tools You Need:

  • Pressure washer
  • Siding detergent
  • Safety goggles

First you need to prepare your home. This means you should use your garden house to spray water on the plants and trees surrounding your home. This ensures that if any of the siding detergent comes into contact with your plant life it will rinse off immediately.

Now you can prepare the pressure wash for the project. Pressure washers come with different nozzles for different cleaning projects. Start with a low-pressure nozzle for spraying the detergent onto the siding.

You want to be sure the detergent is specifically designed for siding. Start at the bottom of your siding and use a horizontal motion working upward toward the roof of your home. Spray the nozzle about 12 inches away from the house and then let the detergent sit for 10-15 minutes before you rinse it.

Now it is time to rinse the vinyl siding. Remove the nozzle you used to apply the detergent and replace it with a 25-degree nozzle for higher pressure. If you are rinsing cedar or wood, use a 45-degree nozzle.

The entire process shouldn’t require much more than a couple of hours to wash and wait for the siding to dry.

Now stand back and delight in your clean, beautiful siding.

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