Construction worker points to the place where the water leaked from the roof, holding the broken roof tile.

3 Tips for Dealing with a Leaking Roof

Repairing your roof is one of the best investments you can make for your home. That’s one of the major reasons the roofing industry continues to grow year after year. Roof repair yields a high return on investment while making your home as pleasant as possible in the process.

It’s also the best way to protect the investment in your home. 

A leaking roof can have all sorts of negative effects on your house, from mold to structural damage. 

To help you avoid this, we’ve put together a list of some things you should do if you’ve sprung a leak!

The first thing you should do if you’ve got a leaking roof is move objects out of harm’s way. A roof leak is enough of a pain without having all of your belongings destroyed in the process. 

Even if your belongings aren’t destroyed, roof damage can have other harmful side effects. If any fabric happens to get wet, you run the risk of developing a mold or mildew problem. 

Don’t only restrict your care to smaller objects, either. If there’s any furniture or appliances in the way of a roof leak, you need to clear the area of them as well.

The next step in dealing with a roof leak is to put something in place to contain the water. This will help diminish any sort of infestations, like mold or mildew. It will also deter any structural damage due to dripping water. 

Make sure you pick a container that’s appropriate for the size of the leak. If it’s just a small leak, a coffee can or a mason jar should do the trick. If it’s more of a torrential downpour, something closer to the size of a garbage can would be a better pick.

If you notice a bulge or sag in the area where there’s a leak, that’s not a good sign. That’s an indication that the area could be taking on water. If you don’t do something about that, there could be disastrous consequences.

At best, the collecting water could spread to other areas. In a worst-case scenario, that bulge could spring a leak! All of a sudden, you could find yourself with a waterfall inside your house. 

If you notice a sag or bulge in the ceiling, you’ll need to lance the area in question. Use an awl or a screwdriver to make a small hole at the lowest point of the bulge. You’ll need to make sure you’ve got a receptacle in place to catch any falling water. 

Knowing how to deal with a leaking roof means you’re ready if something ever happens. That way you can keep damage and inconvenience to a minimum until you can contact a roofing company for some roof maintenance.

Have no fear! It is our passion to help the Lake Ozark community with all of your roofing needs, from repairing leaking roofs to complete tear-offs.

If you’ve got a leaking roof in need of repair, contact us today and let us help you! (Want to learn a little more? Learn more about us here.)

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