Dear readers, after all the rain that is falling in Sydney during these days, I am sure that some of you had problem of leaking roofs!
Yesterday I went to the mall, and everywhere was full of buckets to collect the water leaking inside! Was pretty funny to watch, but…
The major problem of roof leaks is that is not really exact science to find the point from where the water is coming from: it could, indeed, come from a hole located some meters away from the actual leak.
To find it, first be sure that the leak is actually coming from the roof: try to define a circular area where the water could come from, and define a circular area on your ceiling.
After having detected the possible leaking area, climb up to the matching point in your attic. Look around that point where you find the hole. Expand your search if you don’t find anything.
…Found the hole? Awesome, now comes the fun part: fixing the leak!
Basically, a leak can be caused by 3 major agents: broken tiles, underlay of roof and connections.
In case of broken tiles, you should act immediately, because, if not, the water running inside will create mold and moreover will damage the sarking* underneath. You can easily fix it putting a new tile in place of the broken one.
A small tip: never throw away the tiles that you have left after finishing your roof: even of the top quality, they might break!
When, in the second case, the broken part of the roof is the underlay, the situation is less serious, but anyway to be taken in consideration: the underlay is fundamental for the ventilation of the house, to protect from the mold and insects; furthermore, it is the second shield against rain and atmospheric agents.
As changing all the sarking* could be very expensive, you will need to act promptly and fix it before the hole expands. Just buy a tape, and use it to fix your sarking*.
The third cause could be a connection: the cement used for ridge capping or the lead used to insulate your chimney.
If the leak comes from there, arm yourself with new lead or a bucket of cement and climb up the roof to fix the hole.
This could be very burdensome, because you will need to climb on your roof with heavy material in your hands, or to hire someone to do it.
There are new alternatives to lead flashing that are much less burdensome, cheaper and easy to install. These are new innovative flashing rolls lead free: in the case your roof is leaking because of a hole in the lead flashing, consider to switch from lead to these new innovative solutions that will save your money and your time ;)
This said, I hope that you guys didn’t have any problems of leaking roof last week, and you could stay on the sofa reading a book under the blankets while just hearing the sound of the rain outside…so relaxing J
*If you don’t know what sarking is, keep following us: next week’s blog is about this J!