Roof leaks present many challenges for homeowners. They never occur at a convenient time and can lead to significant damage to the interior of your home. While it’s important not to panic, roof leaks are an emergency and should never be ignored. To prevent further damage to your home, it’s important to take prompt action.
Your first job is to minimize the damage. If you notice water dripping from a bulge or discoloration on your ceiling, there is likely water pooled on the other side. Grab a large container, such as a trash can, and place it under the drip or suspected leak. If the dripping sound bothers you, place a board in the container to catch the drip and minimize the noise.
Once your trash can is in place, you need to release the built-up water before it causes more damage. Use a screwdriver and carefully puncture a hole. While this may sound odd to cause a hole when you already suspect a leak, creating a channel for water to escape will serve to minimize the long-term damage by relieving the pressure. If water accumulates into a pool, this could cause your roof to collapse.
If you haven’t already, move your belongings to a safe place or cover them with a tarp or plastic sheet. Don’t forget to cover your carpet in addition to your furnishings.
If you aren’t sure if you have a leak, here are the warning signs to watch for. Spotting any of these signs are a good indication that it’s time for a new roof.
Leaky roofs never fix themselves so It’s important to act quickly when you first suspect or spot the signs of a leak. Roof leaks are almost always indicators of a much bigger problem that could lead to dangerous structural consequences, such as a roof collapse. To prevent catastrophic injury or destruction, call your local roofing professional right away to come out and assess the damage.
To prevent similar problems with your new roof down the road, have your roof inspected twice a year, in the fall and spring. Regular inspections and routine maintenance can prevent a fixable issue from turning into a major costly repair or replacement.
If you’re in need of a new roof, or have any roofing related issues or questions, contact your local, professional roofing experts at Armorvue Home Exteriors. We understand that a leaky roof is a stressful situation, so let us ease your stress with a professionally installed, energy efficient roof that will keep your family safe and protected for years to come.
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