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Re: leaking roof

Posted By: AHandyman
Tuesday, 15 September 1998, at 10:27 a.m.

In Response To: leaking roof (kary duncan)

Kary,

There simply is little you can do to the underside of a roof underlayment to keep from preventing more damage. Regardless of where the water is coming from, any repair done to the underside will only "move" the seeping to a new area and the existing area will get worse and new areas will be effected.

Your answer (in my opinion) is on the roof. The water has to come from somewhere and it has to be stopped at the entry point. That might not (probably not) be in the same area as the seeping on the inside.

Since it is only doing it after long soaking rains, I would look at all the flashings and for shingle damage 'uproof' from the leak. If nothing else, I have found that if you take a hose (I know it's probably several stories up) and soak any suspect area(s). This is really time consuming, but finding the source and doing a small patch may get you by until you can afford to do a tear off and replace the already damaged area.

Good luck!

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