How to Fix a Leaking Roof

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A leaking roof is never a good thing. It can be a sign of something more serious, and can lead to substantial damage if not taken care of promptly. While most leaks can be patched with a few new shingles and a couple hours of your time, other leaks require roofing contractors Naperville IL to completely replace your roof. For easy fixes, here is a quick guide to help you through the process.

Step 1: Locate the source of the leak

This is not always an easy task. Before repair work can be performed, you’ll need to know where the leak is coming from. Where the water is dripping from inside your home is not always the same location as where the leak is. It is important to find the leak and get it repaired, before your whole roof suffers extreme damage.

The easiest way to locate a leak works if you have an attic. Go into the attic on a rainy day. The leaking water will reflect light, so be sure to take a flashlight along with you. Locate the source of the water, and mark the spot. On a nice day, have a helper go in the attic and tap on the mark while you are on the roof.

Step 2: Look for damaged shingles

Once you have located the source of the leak, look for damaged, curled, or missing shingles near where the water is getting in. If there are shingles that are curled back, use a blow dryer (do not use a torch or open flame) to soften the shingle. Reattach the curled shingles with asphalt roof cement or compound around the edges. Use a generous amount to prevent the shingles from curling up again.

Step 3: Replace any damaged or missing shingles

If you notice that you are able to lift your shingles with little effort, or that they break and crumble easily, they need to be replaced. Simply remove the old shingle by lifting up around the edges, and removing the roofing nails that are holding it in place. Scrape the area below where the shingle had been to remove any leftover roofing cement or nails. With the prep work done, you are ready to install new shingles. Slightly round the back corners of the new shingles using a utility knife, and then slide the shingle into place. Once in the right place, use large roofing nails in the upper corners to hold the shingle in place. Cover the nail heads with roofing cement.

Fixing a leaking roof is easier and a lot more cost effective than replacing the whole roof. But if you find that your roof is beyond a simple DIY roof repair, your friendly roofing contractors Naperville IL are willing to step in and do the job for you!

How to Change a Light Fixture

An affordable fix that can have a dramatic change around the house is to update old or broken light fixtures. This easy project is simple enough to do that, as long as you have a few simple tools and a ladder, you can effortlessly accomplish it. From the not-so-handy homeowner to the general contractor Dixon IL, this is a project that can be done quickly by anyone!

Step 1: Make sure the power is turned off

Find the breaker that is connected to the room where you will be working, usually located in your electrical panel. Switch the breaker off, so that there is no more power going to that room.

Step 2: Remove old fixture

Climb a ladder so that you can reach the fixture without any trouble. Carefully remove the old cover, and remove the old wire connectors. Untwist the fixture wires from the installed wires. Remove any other elements from the old fixture that are left.

Step 3: Secure electrical box

Once the old fixture has been removed, check to see if the electrical box is securely attached. If not, tighten the screws holding it in place, being careful not to over-tighten them. The electrical box must be securely mounted to the building structure, in order to support the weight of the light fixture. The box must be grounded, or attached to a grounded wire in the ceiling. If you have any concerns about your existing electrical box, purchase and install a new one prior to installing your new light fixture.

Step 4: Connect wires

When installing a new fixture, be sure to keep all instructions that come with the fixture. Read the manufacturer’s instructions when it comes to matching the wires on your fixtures to the wires already installed in your home.

Generally speaking, black wires connect to black, and white wires connect to white. Grounding wires are typically green, and connect to a grounding screw on a grounding bar. Using a wire stripper, carefully remove the protective layer of the wire from your new fixture. Wrap the newly exposed wire to the bare section of the corresponding wires in the electrical box, and screw a wire connector over the two wires. Finally, connect the grounding wire.

Step 5: Secure base

Once all the wires have been connected, carefully fold the wires back up into the electrical box. Using the included hardware, attach the base or canopy of your fixture to the electrical box. If you are working on replacing a fixture on a high ceiling, having another set of hands nearby could be beneficial.

Step 6: Install lightbulbs

Each light fixture has recommended lightbulbs and wattages to use for maximum efficiency. Install the recommended bulbs, upgrading to more efficient LED bulbs if possible. Once the lightbulbs have been installed, turn the breaker in your electrical panel back on. With the power back on, switch on your light switch to the fixture to check and make sure everything is working.

Step 7: Install cover

Now that everything is installed and working properly, attach any trim pieces and the cover to your light fixture. If your fixture is a pendant or hangs by a chain, make any necessary adjustments to the length.

If this seems a little overwhelming, general contractor Dixon IL can assist in changing out light fixtures for those who are a little timid when it comes to playing with electricity, or aren’t equipped with a tall enough ladder! Contact us today. We are happy to help!