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Mobile Home Roof Leak Repair


– Leaks in your mobile home roof are not only annoying, but worse, they cause damage to your home and can lead to mold, as well. I’ll show you how to repair roof leaks on your mobile home with
a product that’s great, super easy to install, long lasting, and just does a phenomenal
job of stopping leaks. Welcome to Tomahawk DIY, everyone. I’m Mike. Today I’m gonna be showing you how to use the Leak Stopper products. We have the Rubber Flex waterproof tape and the Rubber Flex liquid coating. These two products both work to waterproof and seal up leaks in your roof. They can be used one or the other, but for your maximum protection, you can use them both together for dual-layer, leak stopping,
waterproof protection. Now I want to thank the
Gardner-Gibson Company for sponsoring this video. The Rubber Flex liquid comes
in three different colors: gray, white, and clear. That allows you to match the conditions that are most appropriate for your roof. Now one of the best
things about this product is that it works on all roof types. It doesn’t matter if
you have a rubber roof, an asphalt roof, a metal
roof, a membrane roof, TPO membrane, these products will stick to and adhere to any of those roof types, as long as you do the
proper surface preparation. The Rubber Flex waterproof tape and Rubber flex liquid coating are universal leak stopping,
waterproof repair product. Leaks on mobile home roofs
have many common places where they occur. First you have to find the leaks. Now when you’re hunting
down those pesky leaks, look for obvious problem areas, like lifting or peeling roof materials. Points like this can be
spots where you can get leaks finding their way into your roof. But don’t stop there. Look ’round the edges of
penetrations like this for any signs of cracking. Missing screws or spots
where you’re getting cracking around a screw that has been
sealed could be a culprit. Look for places like
this, where there’s signs of water pooling or puddling. Those are also likely spots
where leaks could be occurring. Now be certain you inspect
around all penetrations through the roof, like vent stacks, anything that’s sticking
up above the roof, or other signs of old repairs that might be failing, like that. Inspect carefully for
anything that could be causing a hole or a leak where water
can come in to your roof. All these spots can be
repaired by Rubber Flex. Ask yourself, does water puddle anywhere? Are there any other roof imperfections? These questions will
help you spot and address the most common problems on a roof. Let’s clean off some of this old product. One of things I recommend is
using a water-based cleanser, degreaser, like Simple Green. We’re gonna clean down the
whole length of this edge where we need to apply
the waterproof tape. (product spraying) (scrubbing and scraping) Now be sure you get ride of any debris like sticks, leaves, pine needles. Also clean any dust,
pollen, sap, dirt, mold, or mildew thoroughly to be
sure it’s fully cleaned off. That’s necessary so that Rubber Flex will adhere properly to the surface. It’s notable that the instructions say to keep these indoors at room temperature. Also make sure you apply them to surfaces at 40 degrees Fahrenheit
to 99 degrees Fahrenheit on a clear day with maximum
humidity level of 70%. For dual-layer waterproof protection, this Rubber Flex product
line is a great solution. We’re going to apply the waterproof tape first down the seam. There’s no waiting or drying time other than you have to
get the surface clean and let it dry from any
Simple Green or water, whatever you’ve used to clean the surface. Once that’s dry, you’re gonna
apply your waterproof tape, and then you can go
right over it after that with the Rubber Flex liquid coating for dual-layer waterproof protection, ’cause really there’s nothing worse than having to go back and repeat a repair that you’ve already done once. Let’s start with our waterproof tape here. Now this product has incredible adhesion and will stick to most any surface, so that makes it an ideal product for repairing a mobile home roof like this where sometimes there’s multiple surfaces. Maybe there’s been past repairs, as well, that you need to go over. This’ll stick to it all. We’re going to unroll this tape out, leave the plastic release liner on, get it in position, be
sure it’s the right length, things like that, and then we’ll start removing the plastic release
liner, and as we remove that, we’re going to stick the
first few inches down, get it held in place, and then continue down the length of the seam. And I’m using this rubber roller to help secure down
the tape along the way. Now we’re ready to put on Rubber Flex liquid rubber coating,
and we’re gonna be using the gray color, because that
most closely matches our roof. It also comes in white and clear. As long as your surface is
clean and completely dry, you’ve gotten rid of any debris, it’s going to adhere just wonderfully. This stuff will stick to most any surface. All right, now I’m going to be using this little roller to apply. (upbeat pop music) Now this liquid rubber
coating says it’ll cover about 65 square feet
from one of these cans. This is a quart size can, so
that should be more than enough for these seams and repairs
that we’re making today. Cover past the edges
of the waterproof tape, and apply a generous coat. Usually you should only need one coat of the Liquid Rubber coating. You can apply a second coat if you’d like. (upbeat pop music) Line it up where you want it to stick, and then just set it down kind of loosely. This really goes on quite
easily once you get it lined up. It’s nice just how much it will adhere to any type of material. You can see this is going on to some wood, and then as we wrap it down, we’re going over roofing material, so that’s one of the great features about this Rubber Flex waterproof tape is that it can stick to most anything. Once this is pressed down firmly, we’ll be ready to apply
the liquid coating. I’m just rolling it on,
coating our waterproof tape. We want to put it over
the edge or the seam. That’s giving us that
double layer of protection. Let’s look at how the
Rubber Flex waterproof tape gets applied over a nail
hole or a screw hole. (upbeat pop music) All right, so we’re going
over those screw holes, coming out past the edges
of our waterproof tape. Now I’ve cut alternating relief lines along the length of the tape. That should help us wrap this
vent a little bit better. Now we’re gonna apply some pressure all around, try and stick this
into every crack and crevice on the surface that we cleaned previously. Around these vents, we’re
gonna use this three inch brush to help apply it. One of the things I’m gonna do is take my tape measure and
see where my 10 foot roll is going to come to. All right, while you’re working
at the edge of the roof, you want to make sure you’re
being absolutely safe, so I’m not going to be
trying to lean over the edge of the roof. I’m obviously on the ladder
and will move the ladder to where I need it. I’m going to peel off my first
few inches of release liner, then get this lined up so we
got some on top of the roof and some hanging over the edge. (upbeat pop music) You can see up here on the
edge where it wrapped over when we put the waterproof tape and the Rubber Flex liquid coating. Now we’re gonna give this a few hours. It’ll be dry and completely waterproof. Now make sure you don’t apply this product just before it’s going to rain. You want to make sure you’ve
got several hours afterward so that it can fully dry. To give you an idea
the amount of coverage, we did three entire crosses of the roof, one, two, and then at the far edge three, along one side of the
air conditioning unit, these vents, and couple of screw holes. That used the full quart can
of the Rubber Flex liquid. Here’s the completed repair
after the product has dried. The leaks are gone. This Rubber Flex product
will last for many years. Rubber Flex liquid coating
can be used on its own, but for even stronger leak stopping, it can be used as a two part system with the Rubber Flex waterproof tape for a dual layer of waterproof protection. Thank you so much for
watching Tomahawk DIY, and I’d like to thank the
Gardner-Gibson Company for sponsoring this video. Please like the video. Leave some comments, ask some questions, share what worked for you. Don’t forget to subscribe
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