Tips For Skylights Leaking Inside, Problems & Repairs

sky lightWhen you own a home, chances are it’s not always going to be in good condition.  You may have to repair an aspect of the home.  More specifically, the skylight may be damaged.  So much so that it’s leaking, causing water to get inside your home.  If you don’t repair this problem as quickly as possible, then you may be left with severe water damage.  With the tips below, you will ensure water doesn’t leak out of your skylight anymore.

1. The first step is to identify if there is an actual leak.  Sometimes, excessive condensation can travel along the side of the glass and drip down to the interior.  Other times, the water may be around all corners of the glass, coming into your home.  If this is the case, you will need to pry up the shingles around your home’s skylight.  This can be dangerous if you don’t know what you are doing, so it’s best to have the repair done by a roofer.

2. Then, you need to chisel the old roof tar off the skylight’s flanges.  This can be done with a heavy-duty wooden scrapper, which is readily available online.  You will not be able to get all of the tar off the flanges, but a good amount will suffice.  After the tar has been removed, you are going to use a knife to cut from the felt down to the rock deck.  Then, you are going to peel the backing off a ice and water shield.  Apply the shield to the exposed deck, and then weave in aluminum step flashing, so that it overlaps the strips of the step flashing and the shingles.  You are going to replace the old shingles with new ones.

3. Sometimes for a leaky skylight, you will need specialized sealants.  These sealants, such as a tripolymer sealant, will seal up any cracks, so when it rains or is wet around the skylight, water will not seep through it and get into your home.  There are a lot of different types of sealants available, so it’s best to do some research and even ask a professional.  This ensures you select the right sealant to go in the cracks or holes around the skylight.

4. After you have done this, it’s a good idea to test out the patch job.  Spray water over the repaired area, and see if water can seep through the skylight.  If it doesn’t, then you are set and won’t have to worry about your skylight leaking anymore.  During each one of these steps, it’s important to use extreme caution.  This ensures the repair job is completed in a safe, efficient manner, and the repair job will be completed the first time you do it.

If there is still a leak in the skylight contact Reiter Roofing to have the job done correctly so it does not occur again.

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