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3 DIY Ways to Repair a Roof Leak

3 DIY Ways to Repair a Roof Leak

Roof leaks are one of those nasty problems that pop up in the home due to different factors, such as time, bad weather conditions, or other reasons. The roof leak can be bothersome especially during the rainy season as you can have water getting into your home and ruining your stuff such as your electrical appliances if you are unlucky it can lead to other significant damage as some places in the home need to be water-free no matter what.

Most times it is needed to call up a professional repair man to come to fix the damages done to the roof, and it can be expensive depending on the damage but what if there are ways you can fix it yourself, here are 3 DIY ways to repair a roof leak.

  1. Applying Cement/Silicon Caulk: The fastest and maybe the easiest way to fix a roof leak is to go up there and inspect it first and foremost and make sure it is nice and warm, if it is a smaller hole what you need to do is take some cement or silicon caulk and you can then gently apply it over the leak or you can use a caulk gun for further precision and you can wait a bit till it dries. It is usually advised to use silicon caulk in place of cement in a situation where both of them are available, but cement works too.

  2. Replacing Asphalt shingles: if you are using asphalt shingles as roofing in your home, roof leaks can be caused by either a curled/cracked asphalt shingle or collective damage to a certain part of your roof either way, it can be fixed by either straightening out and re-nailing them and you can also use a certain type of gum. In cases when it is broken instead, you could just remove them and attach brand new shingles, and your roof will be as good as new.

  3. Replacing Wood shakes: In case of roofing where roof leaks are found, what you need to do is go to the affected area and use a power tool to chop it of and remove it before clearing the debris out and then proceeding to replace it in by just using a new wood shake and nailing it down, and the roof leak is repaired.

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