The wet weather is causing lots of roof leaks in Darwin and Palmerston! So what can Gold Medal Services do to help?
Firstly – think like water!
Water typically comes in through roof sheet overlaps, roof penetrations (screws, vents, pipework, skylights) and over gutters.
Leaks can quickly lead to bigger problems like mould, rotting insulation and damaged ceilings. The good news is that most small roof leaks can be fixed – it’s finding where the leak is coming from that is the hard part!
First of all, inspect areas on the roof that are higher than where the leak has entered the ceiling. If if is raining, safely access the roof space and check where the water is coming from. If it is dry, run a hose over different sections of the roof and gutters.
Repairing the roof leak
Once you have located the source, you can deal with the leak by providing a watertight barrier. Use a roof sealant to provide a water barrier that is mould and mildew-resistant that won’t crack or dry out. A good roof sealant will bond to most materials including metal, timber, glass, brick, stone and many plastics. And it doesn’t matter how old or weathered your home is.
Tips for using roof sealant on roof leaks
- Wipe the surface clean of loose particles.
- Cut the tip off the cartridge and cut the nozzle at a 45-degree angle to get the right bead thickness.
- Place the cartridge in the caulking gun and fit the nozzle.
- Remember to use in a well-ventilated area and keep the sealant off your skin and eyes.
- Hold the gun at a 45-degree angle and press the sealant into the gap, hole or joint.
- Smooth the surface with a spatula dipped in turps.
- With some sealants, you can paint over with a water-based paint immediately. For oil-based paints check if you need to use a water-based undercoat first.
Be safe when fixing roof leak
Working of roofs is a high risk activity. Gold Medal Services has strict guidelines in place for our staff:
- do not get on wet roofs
- do not access a roof when there is lightning
- always have a second person present when accessing roofs and ceiling spaces
- assess other onsite risks to maintain personal safety.
If you would like one of our professional plumbers to assess your roof leak – please call us on 8947 3000 or contact us via our website.