How to pinpoint a leak coming in through my roof?

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Posted by: from Winnipeg
9/27/2014 at 2:50:53 PM

Help! I have water coming through my roof and dripping in the living room. My home is a four level split with a very low pitch. We redid the shingles approx. 4 years ago. I have cut out some drywall on the ceiling and removed the insulation. Can see water stains that seem to start approx. 8' from the peak of the roof. Installed 2 vents in the area, but according to my knowledge, done properly. No obvious spot to mix/repair, and do not want to rip up the shingle if avoidable.

Advice? Tips?



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Date/Time9/27/2014 at 10:50:52 PM


8 " from the peak , this is consistent with where the Ventilation would have been installed.

If its currently raining there is not much you can do , except tarp the area, not nailing the tarp down. weigh it down with bricks or tie it down...this is best Suggestion to do until a roofer can repair it. making sure tarp goes over the eave and vents , if not done properly it could cause pooling and make the leak worse, tarping roofs is very dangerous as tarps become like water slides ( crazy carpets) should you step on it

Replacing the shingle? i presume u mean shingles?

if the roof was in fact done 4 years ago, doing a repair should not be difficult as the shingles are still solid and have lots of life left in them and should not endure too much ripping/tearing during repair.

If the leak is from the vents ( due to improper installation, * nails too close to vent * negative laps or a damaged vent) , a roofer should be able to do with-ought much difficulty.

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Date/Time10/1/2014 at 7:31:48 PM

Hi Doug,

You mentioned a very low pitch in your post. Most shingles are only good at pitches greater than 3/12. I f yours is lower, you may have to remove them and have it done like a flat roof. If you really want the shingles then you may have to do the entire thing with peel and stick ice and water shield first then shingle over top. The ice and water should seal the nail holes.

Good Luck with it!

Jim Kuzma

Kettleby Handyman

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