Solutions for Water Dripping From a Porch Roof

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Solutions for Water Dripping From a Porch Roof
Dripping water, at the very least, is a nuisance. (Porch Hammock image by Andrew Kazmierski from Fotolia.com)

Water dripping from a porch roof could be of varying degrees of seriousness, depending on what part of the roof it is dripping from, and what the cause of the dripping may be. Water dripping through the middle of the roof is an obvious sign of a problem with the roof. Water dripping off the edge, however, can be easily remedied.

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Dripping Down the House

If there is water dripping down the front of the house, underneath the porch roof, this means that the flashing connecting the porch roof to the house has a leak in it. Flashing is usually installed under the siding of the house just above the porch roof, then bent at a 90-degree angle and installed over the shingles of the porch roof. This causes water to run down the front of the house, over the flashing, and down the porch roof.

To solve this problem, get up on the porch roof and find out if the leak is going through the house siding, the flashing itself or both. Plug a tiny leak with the application of 100-percent silicone caulking. A larger leak may require replacing some of the flashing.

Leaking Through the Roof

If you have water dripping directly through your porch roof, this may indicate a leak in your shingles, or it could be a flashing problem, with the water getting under the flashing and shingles and running along part of the roof before it finds a way through.

Get on the roof and locate the exact spot where the water is falling through. If you find a hole or damage to shingles there, perhaps caused by a falling tree branch, that is probably the problem. If there is nothing showing there, inspect above where the leak is and try to find where the water is entering. In some cases, you will need to remove a swath of shingles in order to locate and repair the leak.

Dripping Off the Edge

Water dripping off the edge of the roof is not a problem for the roof, as that is what it is supposed to do. However, if it is dripping in an unwanted location, particularly if the weather is cold and it is causing ice to form on steps or walkways, something should be done.

The easiest solution is to install a gutter along the fascia that will direct the water away from the problem area and allow it to run down a drainpipe or to drip somewhere else.

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