What to Do If Your Roof Is Leaking
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Published by TOP4 Team
Your roof's primary function is to protect you and your family from the elements. But upon the arrival of the rainy season, you immediately notice signs of leaks, like discolouration and bulges on the ceiling. These signs indicate that water is pooling above the ceiling.
What should you do if your roof is leaking?
At the first instance that you notice the signs of a leaking roof, it is important to act as quickly as possible. The longer you wait, the more likely that the problem will worsen and the cost you will have to pay to solve the problem will rise. Left unchecked, a leaking roof can lead to mould contamination — or worse, structural damage.
The first thing that you need to do is to try to contain the leak to prevent further damage to your home. Locate the site of the drip and put a container like a trashcan or bucket beneath. You can put a board inside the container to prevent the annoying dripping sound, especially at night. The board will prevent the dripping water from hitting the accumulated water.
Next, find any screwdriver and punch a hole into the centre of the bulging ceiling. You might think that this may cause further dripping. However, punching a hole into the bulging ceiling will help relieve pressure off the ceiling and allow the accumulated water to drain. If you do not drain the accumulated water, the ceiling might collapse. Try to punch smaller holes into the ceiling instead of a big one.
Unless you are an experienced contractor, fixing a leaking roof is a task best left to a reputable roofing contractor. This is not your usual DIY project. Remember, if you fail to do the task correctly, you can end up paying more than you should in repairs.
How do you choose a reputable roofing contractor to fix the leak for you?
A good roofing contractor will check the source of the leak as well as the bulging ceiling. He should inspect the roof from the inside as well as the underside of the roof, looking for signs of roofing damage.
It cannot be overstated that a leaking roof is a home emergency that needs to be acted upon immediately. Failure to do so can lead to additional damage, high costs, and inconvenience to you and your family.
The top takeaway: Invest only in high-quality roofing to reduce costly repairs and replacements.