How to Repair Leaking Roof Eaves

What You'll Need
Putty knife
Caulking gun
Waterproof silicone caulk
Metal flashing
Tin snips
Roof cement
Work gloves

Roof eaves are an important part of any roof that has them installed as they help to direct water away from the roof. When roof eaves begin to leak the rainwater will have to go somewhere and that is usually inside the home. This can cause severe issues with the wood rotting as well as allowing access for small animals. Mold will also form over time and this can present health problems for you and your family. The following article will explain how to repair leaking roof eaves.

Step 1 – Inspection

Only take a look at the roof eaves when no rain is expected. Ascend the ladder so you get a good view of the roof eaves. You will need to move the ladder along the sides of the home so you can see all of the roof eaves. Inspect the roof eaves for holes or cracks and remove any debris such as twigs and leaves. To make searching for leaks easier use the garden hose to add water into the eaves and look carefully for where water is dripping out of. Even small holes need to be taken care of as they become large holes.

Step 2 – Small Hole Repairs

Tiny holes and superficial cracks are very easy to repair as all you will need is the waterproof silicone and your finger. Cut off the tip of the silicone caulking tube at approximately a 45-degree angle. For every hole or crack that you find that is small or superficial use the silicone caulk to cover it. Use your finger and wet it slightly and then smooth out the caulk. This will also press the caulk into the hole or crack as well as do away with any bumps. Do this for each of the roof leaves.

Step 3 – Large Hole Repair

Large holes or cracks in roof eaves were once small ones that grew. Repairing these holes is harder to do. This becomes more difficult if metal gutters are also connected to the roof eaves. Detecting the leaks in the roof leaves is done in the same way as smaller holes. Use the tin snips and cut away the affected area. Fill the open section with metal flashing trimmed to fit within the space but slightly larger so that some overlapping occurs. Once the flashing is in place and cut to size you can secure it in place. Remove the flashing and apply roof cement to the inside of the roof eaves. Place the flashing back in place and press down to seat it. Roof cement will most likely ooze out of the seams. When this happens use the putty knife to spread the cement over the area. Wait for a full day to allow the cement to set and then pour water down the roof eaves to test your repair work. Make any additional repairs as needed until no water is seen.