What to Do When Your Roof Leaks

What to Do When Your Roof Leaks

Water stains extending across ceilings or running down walls are typically indicative of a leaky roof. In most instances, tracking down the leak is the hard part but consequential repairs can be handled easily. While there is never an opportune moment for the roof to leak, there are steps homeowners can take to minimize damage, cost, and prevent future leaks. Here is a look at some of the things to keep in mind in case the roof of your home leaks.

Insignificant leaks can cause considerable damage

What to Do When Your Roof Leaks - Tidal Wave ResponseIf there is a leak in the roof, the best thing is to address it immediately. This is recommended because even over a brief duration, petty leaks can turn into big problems. The most common of these problems are mold and mildew overgrowth, rotted framing, decayed sheathing, spoiled insulation and of course, damaged ceilings. Constant water intrusion has a way of eventually working down from the attic area to the very foundation of the house and cause plenty of damage on the way.  

Minimize interior damage

Once the roof has an active leak, the first step would be to move any items that may be potentially damaged by water.  Move furniture, or cover with plastic along with other valuables and electronics.

Search for leak signs

Telltale signs of a leaky roof include ceiling water stains, sagging, peeling paint, mold, wet spots and standing water or damp odors. The most obvious course to cope with this is to follow the source of running water. Water typically comes in through run-down, damaged or missing shingles, where nails may have worked loose, or through deteriorated or poorly secured roof flashing around chimneys, vents, skylights or the various crossings of roof planes.

However, if that does not reveal the exact location of the leak, you may need to start removing shingles in the suspected area or look for bulges or discoloration in the ceiling. If there is an attic, try to access the water path to find the source of the leak.

The point from which the water leaks into the interior is not always the point from where it is coming in the roof. Instead water will often travel down trusses and beams before it reaches an entry point from which to flow into the home’s interior.

Contain the leak

Once identified, place a bucket or container under the location of the drip or suspected leak. Taking a screwdriver, locate the centre of the bulge where water has been collecting and puncture it in the middle, allowing the collected water to drain smoothly and relieve pressure on the rest of the ceiling.

A quick fix for a leaky roof can sometimes be temporarily fixed with a 12 X 12” piece of galvanized steel metal flashing and pushing it underneath the broken shingle. This will ensure that the metal sheet will cover the hole. Based on the damage it may also be essential to force up a few nails in the layer above the broken shingle so that flashing may be pushed up all the way to allow the water to slip over the metal instead of in the interior.

Call a roofing contractor

What to Do When Your Roof Leaks - Tidal Wave ResponseAfter containing the leak, the next step would be to contact a roofing contractor. Since roof repairs are not typically DIY projects, residents in Atlanta can secure the services of professionals like Tidal Wave Response to come and take a look at their leaky roof.  

Remember that leaky roofs do not get better on their own, nor do they fix themselves. There are many factors that can contribute to a leaky roof such as damaged pipe flashing, deteriorated or missing shingles, old moisture barriers, and clogged gutters and downspouts among others. It is important to have the roof inspected regularly along with gutters and downspouts to prevent future roof leaks.

At Tidal Wave Response our experts can quickly arrive on the premises to evaluate the situation. We can rectify these or any other water damage issues as well as prevent any future leaks. All our working crew is certified to look after every aspect of the job and can ensure that the roof will stay worry free for a long time.

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