There is never a convenient time for your roof to start leaking, but the following tips will help you mitigate the damage and prevent future leaks.
Protect your Valuables
The first thing you should do is to minimize the water damage as much as possible and prevent loss of property. Cover items susceptible to water damage with plastic sheeting or move them away from the vicinity of the leak. Be sure to unplug any electronics that are near the leak.
Contain the Water
Place a bucket or other waterproof container under the leak to catch the water. If you see a small dripping area, you may need to poke a small hole into the ceiling to allow the water to drain out. This will allow you to control the leak before pooled-up water gets too heavy and causes the ceiling to collapse or starts leaking into your walls & electrical wiring. If you cannot contain or control the water coming in, it’s time to contact a roofing contractor.
Find the Leak
Now that you’ve contained the leak, it’s time to find the source of the leak. Just because the water is leaking from a certain point in your ceiling doesn’t necessarily mean that it lines up with the original point of entry. The original hole may be hidden, or if your roof is sloped, the water may have flowed downward before entering.
Implement a temporary fix
Performing a short-term repair can help stop the leak until you are able to get it fixed. This will prevent further damage to your roof and home’s interior. A quick and easy option would be to either apply roofing tape or roofing cement to seal the hole.
Another way to temporarily keep the water out is to cover your roof with a tarp and securing it to your roof by installing nailing boards such as 1×2’s to prevent the tarp from flying off your roof. Make sure that the ends of the tarp extend over the ridge of the roof. Placing a tarp on your roof is something that should wait until the rain has passed and your roof has dried off since wet roofs are slippery and hazardous.
Call the pros
Now it’s time to get your roof repaired. Here are a few tips to help you choose the right roofing contractor:
- Get several quotes from different companies.
- Ensure that your contractor is fully insured.
- Research their qualifications and look at examples of their past work.
- Make sure the contractor fully assesses the damage, both inside and outside. They should check for weak spots and inspect the affected areas to ensure that you are not at risk for mold or other moisture-related problems.
- Sign a contract before starting on the project.
- Beware of fly-by-night companies that may try to take advantage of you. These companies have no incentive to produce high quality work. They may present you with a “limited-time-offer” and use high pressure sales tactics.
By choosing the right roofing contractor and conducting yearly roof maintenance, you can help ensure that your roof performs well and lasts for many years to come.
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