My Roof is Leaking – Now What?
Roof leaks can happen at any time during any season. Regular inspections from a licensed and trusted roofing professional can help prevent leaks before they start. We understand that sometimes roof maintenance falls down on your list of priorities. However, leaks can occur for a variety of reasons. When this happens, you need to be prepared so that you can avoid costly repairs. The vast majority of roof leaks will require professional help, and we at Dowell are fully prepared to offer our expertise in your time of need.
The vast majority of roof leaks will require professional help, and we at Dowell Roofing are fully prepared to offer our expertise in your time of need.
Locate the Source
When trying to spot the leak, look for signs such as sagging, water rings, and, of course, water dripping out of your ceiling. Once you find the area, keep in mind that this part of the ceiling where water is getting inside does not mean that the damaged part of the roof is directly above it. Water can enter through the roof and travel down rafters and beams to entire different parts of the house. If you have and attic, you should explore the space to determine the source of the leak. If you don’t have an attic, you can inspect the outside of your roof to find areas where water can easily pool and sit for an extended period of time.
Roof leaks are all different. Some leaks are intermittent drips while others are more steady streams. Regardless, the first thing you should do when you spot a leak is to place buckets or other receptacles underneath to collect all the water you possibly can. This can potentially save you a large sum of money by preventing the chance of mold growth underneath your carpet. If you can clearly tell that the hole in your ceiling is considerably small and water is building up and causing your roof to sag, it might be in your best interests to (safely) drill a small hole to allow more water to fall. This could prevent a collapse caused by a large amount of pooling water.
Contact a Professional
There may be tons of resources out there promising that they can teach you how to fix a leak in no time. While it may be possible, you risk the chance of causing further damage if not fixed properly. In situations that call for repairs, especially in extreme cases, you really should call in a professional to get the job done. It’s a simple process that only requires you to call your local roofer and schedule an inspection and repair. But make sure you do this after you have the situation under control! The last thing you need is added damage from your current situation.
Leaky roofs can create serious issues which is why it is important to have your roof inspected often. Whether you need a professional inspection or have a nasty leak on your hands, call Dowell Roofing today to have your problems taken care of swiftly.