The spring months certainly bring the showers. Do you know if your roof is leaking during this rainy season? Roof leaks can become a major problem. Preventive roof care is always best, but when rain starts to damage your roof, there are some important steps to take.
First Steps to Take When You Discover Roof Leaks
To stave off additional damage as soon as you discover a leak, here are some things you should do:
- Find the origin. Look for identifiable signs of moisture. To fix the leak, you will have to locate the area where the roof drips. If you’re not sure where the water comes from, look for spots in walls that are sunken or crumbling. You’ll also notice the areas of the ceiling with brown spots
- Sponge up any leaking water from floors, ceilings, or walls. Place rags or tarps under the leak. Placing rags or a plastic sheet under the bucket will prevent floors and furniture from getting wet. It will also help to collect any debris that might fall.
- Make a temporary DIY patch using a shingle or plywood.
- Get a tarp or plastic cover to attach or lay over the roof.Be careful, this is a dangerous way to stop additional damage from a leaking roof.
- Call Josh Smalling Roofing and Restoration so we can get to you right away and get things fixed up. We want to repair the source of the leak to avoid future damage. Before replacing the part of the roof that is leaking, it is important to fix the origin of the leak. Fixing the leak quickly will reduce the cost of repairs and could prevent future damage.
Where Do Roof Leaks Commonly Originate?
To properly repair your roof, we have to know where the leak is coming from. Our experts share where leaks are commonly found.
- Chimneys are very good at holding water which does not bode well for a roof and a rainy season.
- We have plumbing everywhere in our house, so sometimes it’s extra difficult to figure out where the leak is coming from. Plumbing requires ventilation ducts which tend to accumulate excess rainwater.
- Defective air conditioning.
- Defective pipes.
- Cracks in the roof.
- Skylights can allow rain to seep through cracks, no matter how expertly they’ve been installed.
- Attics that aren’t properly ventilated can cause a leaking roof in all seasons.
- Metal roofs. Metal roofs are prone to wear and tear, and especially corrosion.
- Improperly maintained roofing shingles
It’s impossible to keep track of all the possible origins of roof leaks.
Armed with all this information, you’ll be ready to make the best decisions. At Josh Smalling Roofing and Restoration, our experts can bring you the help you need without the hassle of a DIY project. A professional will be able to find the leak quickly, shore it up, and then then help you come up with the best solution for eliminating your roof leaks. Whether it’s a small fix or repair, or a total roof replacement, call a trusted, experienced company like Josh Smalling Roofing and Restoration at 317-483-3093 anytime.