What to Do if Your Roof is Leaking

Finding a leak can be a stressful experience for a homeowner. Not only can a small leak turn into something more damaging, but finding where the leak is coming from can also be a challenge. Here is what to do if your roof is leaking.

Steps to Take if Your Roof is Leaking

Find Where The Leak Is Coming From

When your roof leaks, the first thing to do is locate where it is coming from. Here are several different ways to do this.

Look For Water Stains

Check your ceiling or corners of the walls for dark water stains. You can use a flashlight to do this since sometimes it can be hard to see them when they start. If you notice any dark water stains, that is the area where the leak is coming through.

Listen For Dripping Water

Investigate your home and look for areas where you may hear water dripping. If you find a small water spot on the floor, the leak is coming through the ceiling. 

Check Your Shingles

You should also check the shingles on your roof for any water damage. If you find the sides curled up or damaged, chances are that is where the leak is. If the weather is good, you can climb onto the roof or use binoculars to view it from the ground.

Examine Your Attic

Your leak may be in your attic, which is the closest area to the roof. All you have to do is crawl into the attic and search for any water drippings or areas of moisture. 

What To Do Once You Find The Leak

After you find the leak, you have a few options to help prevent further damage.

Retain The Water

If water is dripping from your ceiling or roof, set up a large container to catch it. That way, it will not damage the floor or interior of your home where the leak is.

Cover The Leak

A temporary fix is to cover the leak so more water cannot get inside your home. You can do this by placing a large tarp on the roof to help prevent the water from seeping through. 

Fix the Leak

Using a temporary fix will be a short-term solution. You will need to hire a professional to fix the leak entirely. You will want to fix a leak as soon as possible to prevent further damage to your home.

At Doing It Right, we are here to help if your roof starts leaking. We can tarp the leak if a storm is projected and assist you with a permanent solution. Properly fixing the leak is crucial so your home has no further issues or water damage. Contact us today to learn more about our roofing services. 

 

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