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How To Fix A Leaking Roof

By on October 5, 2015 in Home Maintainence & Remodeling

Beware of leaking pipes. Have them fixed before they ruin your life!!

Leaking pipes when left unchecked create problems which compound into other problems as time pass by. Those leaking pipes increase your water bill and the saddest part of it is the water damage that it brings. These leaks may occur in different parts of your house. A leak which appears a on water pipe that is transparent is the easiest to detect and repair, thus preventing water damage. They are those leaks that come from the elbow joints from the lavatories and kitchen sinks.

When faucets are open or even when they are not in use, you usually hear dripping or hissing sounds. Evidence of a leak can also appear on the ceiling where those water pipes are fitted. This is the most difficult to detect however, because these pipes are covered with gypsum boards and it may take sometime before they could be detected. By the time the leak is discovered, it may already too late and water damage has already affected a large portion of the ceiling. Before you know it, it is already beyond repair and your ceiling has collapsed.

Another cause of water damage is a hole or breakage on the roof or on the gutter of the house. When rain water drips into the hole of the roof it normally gets into the ceiling. The affected ceiling remains wet, and if not repaired or fixed, water damage comes into action! So the next time you view black spots on your ceiling better check it out. For sure there is a leak up there either caused by a hole in the roof or a water leak coming from a leaking pipe.

Once water damage sets in, electrical connections may be affected and this might lead to electric service interruptions. Come to think of the inconvenience it might bring if the problem affects the air conditioning or heater system of the house. Another scenario that might happen if an electrical connection gets wet and short circuited, is that it might lead to electrocution, or worse, fire!

A clogged drainage system can also cause water damage. Water coming from the bathroom, lavatory, toilet and faucet goes back if it cannot find an exit point. Water that comes back usually overflows and causes damage affecting your carpet and flooring as well. The damage may be considerably large if your floor contains wood.

Despite the inconvenience that it brings, the good new is that water damage may be prevented. Checking the roof of your house for holes or corrosions caused by rust and including the gutters before the onset of winter will help a lot. If there are holes or corrosions, have these fixed using water proof sealants or repainting that portion of the roof where the corrosion is beginning to set in. This way, other parts of the roof will not get affected.

Have your electrical connections checked too as water pipes especially those that are fitted on the ceilings cause water damage to the ceilings and other parts of the house. Short circuit which might cause electric service interruptions, accidental electrocutions and fire may be prevented since water that may leak from these pipes may be fixed. Lastly, have your drainage system cleaned or suctioned of materials that may clog the entire system.


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