Discovering water leakage from the roof of your home is one of the last things homeowners want to find. Roof leaks not only have the potential to destroy your furniture and belongings, but can also lead to major problems like mold/water damage. Not to mention, roof leaks often require a roofing expert to implement the repair, which can sometimes be pricey. That said, knowing what to do when the roof is leaking is important for all homeowners to know to help prevent any further issues or damages. So before you call a handyman or roofing expert to say, “My roof is leaking, what should I do”, here are some things you can do to help manage the roof leak and minimize any potential damages from the water.
What to do if your roof is leaking in 5 easy steps
1. Move Things Out of the Way
As soon as you discover water leaking from the roof, first things first, move all furniture, rugs, and belongings out of harm’s way. The last thing you want is for your things to get water damage. Water damage can completely destroy your belongings, not to mention, create an awful mildew smell. So be sure to do whatever you can to push everything out of the way, as soon as the roof leak is discovered.
2. Contain the Water
Once you have moved everything out of the way, the next thing you will want to do is contain the water leak. Grab a large bucket, an empty trash can, towels, and/or anything else you have that can help capture or absorb the water to prevent it from spreading and reduce potential damages. By having the water leak drip right into a bucket or onto towels, it will not only help keep the area from becoming wet, slippery, and messy, but will also protect your floors from potential water damage. Also, if the water leak is heavy, be sure to have several containers ready so you can switch them out once one becomes full.
3. Tarp the Roof
If for any reason, you are unable to get your roof leak fixed right away, if the roof is safe enough to climb onto, carefully and securely install a tarp over the leaking problem area. This will buy you some time while you make plans to get your leaking roof professionally repaired. Remember to try to use a tarp that is six millimeters thick or more, and extends about four feet across the leaking problem area and up to the peak of the roof. If the peak or the roof is too far away, do your best to tuck the tarp under shingles to prevent water from simply going underneath the tarp and continuing to leak into your home.
4. Document and Take Photos
Although the above steps are important, this step just might be the most important but also, the most overlooked. With any home damage issues, be sure to take good photos and document your damage. This will come in very handy when you begin filing your home insurance claim – that is if the damage is eligible for a claim. When damages are clearly documented, it is easier for you to show the severity of the roof damage and also show the other items that were compromised due to the roof leak. Even if you think you aren’t going to file a claim, we recommend still taking photos and document everything as precisely as you can – just in case.
5. Call a Roofing Specialist
A leaking roof is often not an easy thing to fix. To be sure your leaking roof is repaired quickly and properly, it is best to call a roofing expert to help. Remember, the longer you wait to fix your leaking roof, the potential for your problem to get worse increases. The above steps may help buy you some time, but be sure to address any roof leak issues with urgency.
If you are still unsure about what to do if your roof is leaking, have any additional roof leak questions, or would like RT Roofing Specialists Inc. to come take a look and potentially repair your leaking roof, give us a call today. Our expert roofers will be happy to help assess the damage and implement the necessary repairs.