Few things can be more upsetting than the dripping of water from a leak in the roof. Roof leaks typically occur either from a missing or cracked shingle, or from problems around flashings. Fortunately, with a little work and some inexpensive sealant material, you can often cure the problem with a quick and permanent repair, stopping the drip and extending the life of your roof. The first step is to locate the source of the leak, and that can often be more difficult than making the actual repair. Because water will run down rafters and roof sheathing inside the attic before dripping onto the ceiling below, the spot where you see the water mark may be a long distance from where the leak actually originates. Check the attic and look for water marks on the wood, and try to trace the marks back to the source, or at least to what seems like a logical point of origin. Measure off a fixed point like a chimney or a vent pipe to where you think the leak is coming from. On the roof, transfer the ...
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