Where's the leak & how do I fix it?

Old 12-29-04, 02:29 PM
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Where's the leak & how do I fix it?

I have a tile roof. A sloped section over an attic space abuts a vertical wall (a bedroom) & there's a leak that drips down a beam in the unfinished attic (the beam is between the bedroom & the attic; no sign of water damage on the bedroom side).
I went on the roof, removed some tiles & found some minor bubbling in the underlayment. I sealed around the openings & flashing (the gutter that runs the length of the slope) with Leak Stopper, but the rain came back & so did the leak.
I'm wondering what I could do next & if this problem should call for professional help & for that matter, how much this may cost to fix.
Old 12-29-04, 05:05 PM
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Try to make it leak with a water hose and someone inside to watch.
Once you're fairly certain where the leak is, try using wet-dry black plastic roofing cement to seal the leaking area under the tiles.
Use throw-away rubber gloves, old clothes, and a throw-away ruler, piece of yardstick or cheap putty knife to spread the roofing cement. It is very sticky and you WILL get it on you. (At least I always do...LOL.)
It can be applied in driving rain and it will seal when all else fails. It comes in different size cans from quarts to gallons to five-gallon buckets. A quart will probably do you, but go ahead and buy a gallon. It will last a very long time if the lid is sealed.
Good luck!
Old 01-02-05, 03:30 PM
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tile roofs are trickey to find leaks. water can get in and travel across a entire roof before it gets into your attic. look at all your chimney flashing and vent pipes and reseal with a calk that will stick to the tile as well as metal, do not use a tar base sealer, come summer it will run and leave you with an eye sore.
you may want to hire a pro for this one....
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In addition to the other thoughts posted here.........IF the time comes that you sort of give up trying to solve this yourself, you should spend the effort it takes to find a tile roof specialist.
Tile roofs are there own breed, even though it's a matter of underlayments, flashings, etc.

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