Discovering a leak can be pretty frightening. Although you need to act quickly, taking the right steps when you find a roof leak can help minimize the damage and prevent the issue from worsening. Here are five things we recommend you do when you find a leak in your roof.
Protect the area. Find an empty container such as a bucket to catch drips and put down plastic sheets to cover your floor and any furniture around.
Locate the leak. Examine your ceiling to find where the water is coming from. Punch a hole in the damaged area with a screwdriver or similarly sized object so that the excess water can drain out. This could keep your ceiling from sagging or collapsing.
Find where the problem is. Inspect your roof from the ground to see if there are any missing shingles or other obvious damage. Go into the attic to see if you can find any damage. (If you can see light coming in from the outside, that’s a sure sign of a problem area.) If you see any damage, call us for a free drone inspection.
Call a roofing contractor. If your roof leak seems minor, you may be tempted to try and fix it yourself. However, you may not be aware of everything that needs to be inspected or repaired. It’s always best to call a licensed roofing contractor to make the repairs.
Cover the leaky spot temporarily. If more wet weather is expected and a contractor can’t get to your house immediately, trt to cover the leak. Take all necessary safety precautions, then cover the area with a tarp. Secure it with a staple gun and some boards–but don’t nail or screw the boards to your roof. This can cause more damage.
If you have even a tiny leak in your roof, don’t put off getting it fixed. Call us today for a free drone inspection.