Why Is My Roof Leaking? Common Cause of Roof Leaks

Following the harsh winter, you can wake up one morning to see spots on your roof or water flowing in through a ceiling fixture or fan, as seen in the two photos below. Perhaps you’ve never seen a roof leak before… so why now?

Roof components are no different from any other feature of your house. They deteriorate over time, especially if they are exposed to the elements.

Although there are a variety of reasons for roof leaks, I’d like to concentrate on the two most common this time of year. The first is a metal flashing problem, and the second is a failure of the rubber vent boot.

Roof Flashing: Roof flashing is thin aluminium or steel sheets used to fill up cracks and holes that shingles cannot.

Vent Boot: Roof flashing combined with a large rubber collar that seals vent pipes protruding from the roof.

These two components are particularly vulnerable to storm destruction and exposure to the elements over time. When they malfunction, water will invade your house, ruining your drywall, insulation, and framing, as well as allowing mould to spread. Maintaining these roof components and having them fixed as soon as they collapse would help you prevent roof leaks until they cause damage to your house.

You will see an image of blinking that has collapsed in the video and pictures linked at the bottom of this page. Have you seen all the cracks and crevices where water will enter? Water freezing and resulting ice growth widen these channels in the winter, exacerbating the spill. Someone attempted to seal this flickering with mortar and caulk, as you can see in the picture. Although this image seems to be a disaster, it is simple to fix.

The rubber vent collar has also degraded to the point that you can stick your finger into it. As a result, since the collar is the only obstacle between you and the sky, water flows straight down the drain and into your house.

Don’t Ignore the Roof Leak

Roof leaks are similar to cancer in that they rarely improve over time. If you act fast, you may stop a big home repair bill as a result of the harm a roof leak can cause. Even better, preventative maintenance to ensure your roof flashing is properly attached and your vent books are in proper working order will spare you the heartache of waking up to a leaky roof.

Roof Leak Repair Tips

If you’ve had a roof leak, don’t start repairing the drywall until you’re sure the leak has stopped. It’s pointless to pay to get anything patched twice! Finally, if you haven’t had your roof inspected in a while, have one of our craftsmen check it for you while he’s there. It just takes a few minutes, and fixing a small issue now might save you thousands of dollars in potential maintenance costs.

Let SWR Plumbing Do Roof Repair

For those who don’t have the time or inclination to do their roof repairs, SWR Plumbing in Melbourne is a perfect option. SWR Plumbing has a dedicated team of experts who realize that attention to detail and careful investigation are the keys to success in fixing any roof leak, whether you find a leak or a broken shingle. Because of their ability to execute a variety of activities associated with a roof repair job, our multi-skilled craftsmen have a distinct edge over other repair contractors.