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Old 11-18-2009, 11:54 AM   #1
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Roofing repair question

I have a home that has moisture accumulating on the eve sides of the home in a few small spots. These spots are near the bottom of the roof. The shingles appear to be in tact and performing well, with no major deterioration looking down on the shingles from the roof top.
If there's a leak, I believe it's near the bottom of the run. Is there an easier, short term fix other than a full replacement or partial replacement? Like a sealer or something like that?



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Old 11-22-2009, 08:10 AM   #2
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Not sure we're on the same page, and I'm by no means a roofer, had a leak at my son's house, was located near outside wall, shingles looked fine but inspecting higher up from the inside stain was the chimney location. Water was getting in there and running down. In this case a temporary fix was to add some sealant. Its only a bandaid for now until roof is replaced.


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Can't fix it till you know what the problem is. Your going to have to be a detective on this one. Sometimes the actual leak can be way above where you see the water. Some sleuthing techniques:

Open up the soffit and see if you can follow water stain trails.
Get in the attic and see if you can follow water stain trails.
From above and in the attic examine any vents, valleys, penetrations etc in the area near or above the leaks - even way above.
With a garden hose run water onto the shingles starting low and look for leaks (go slow - it might take a while for the water to work it's way through the leak). Slowly work your way up the roof with the hose until water appears at your leak.

Is there a possibility the leak is condensation forming in the attic and running down the sheathing?
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Old 11-30-2009, 10:18 AM   #4
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I think you have to Open up the soften and see if you can follow water stain trails and try to get in the attic and see if you can follow water stain trails.

Or you can hire someone professional with excellent past experience to fix it for you.

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Old 12-04-2009, 12:42 PM   #5
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You should never have to open up a soffit to find a roof leak. You can ALWAYS find it from the roof. Find a good roofer to troubleshoot and repair your leak. If there is no roof leak, you will know this also.
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Old 12-04-2009, 07:35 PM   #6
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Please post location to assist others in determining your problem. Perhaps you live in the northern states and the leaking is caused by ice damming?
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It's important to find the source of the leak first. You could end up wasting time and money trying to patch up a mysterious leak. Unless you are a seasoned DIY in these type of repairs, then I would call on a professional to check it for you, or possibly a friend or family member that knows more. If you are comfortable with going up into the attic, then you could probably find the source of the leak. If its coming from the soffit area, it will likely be damp in that area.


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