My Roof is Leaking…What Should I Do?
There are few things more disheartening than walking into a room in your home or business and seeing a fresh puddle of water. Because we live in Central Florida, heavy rains, thunderstorms and hurricanes during the summer months can cause incredible stress on your roof. This common sign of a leaky roof can indicate that you have a much bigger problem with your roof. Before you panic, though, you should consider these basic steps in locating and mitigating the problem.
Locate the Leak
As simple as it may sound, it’s impossible to move forward without locating the source of the leak in the roof. Most indoor leaks happen at specific penetration points, including fixtures and joints. Trace this leak back to its source so you can begin the process stopping the immediate damage.
Your next step will involve damage control. You’ll need to immediately remove as much of the water from the ground as possible. Soak it up with a towel if it’s on carpet or mop up the moisture on hardwood floors – you’ll want to stop the water damage from getting worse. Once this is done, we recommend positioning a large bucket underneath the leak. Make sure to check the bucket on a regular basis so that it does not overflow.
Minimizing the damage also means minimizing the damage to your ceiling. You should notice a bulge around the location of the leak – this is where the water is pooling. The best way to stop the damage of a leaking roof from spreading is to puncture that bulge. It will cause more water to fall into your bucket, but it will help you keep the leak controlled.
Find the Source
Once you have the interior roof leak under control, you’ll need to find the source. Where exactly is your roof leaking? As you might imagine, you’ll need to wait until any rain stops if you want to solve the problem. Keep an eye on your buckets and make sure the damage isn’t spreading until the weather turns.
If you have access to your attack, that will be your next destination. Try to get rid of any remaining standing water from the external leak and then try to find where the water has come through. From here, you should be able to determine what has caused your leak.
Leaks generally come from some kind of damage to the roof. It might be a missing shingle, blocked gutters, or even a fallen tree limb. Once you know the cause of the problem, it’s possible to find a solution.
Fix the Issue
Now that you know the source of your problem, you can figure out what to do next. Sometimes, the solution might be as simple as removing the debris from your gutter or replacing a missing shingle. While you certainly won’t be able to fix every problem you find with your roof, it is always a good idea to see if you can find a simple solution for your problems.
Don’t assume you can always fix a leak on your own. If the problem seems complex or you are uncomfortable trying to implement a solution, make sure to talk to us about how to fix the leak and patch your roof. We are the leading roofing contractor in Central Florida and can help you locate and repair the leak. We know that roof repairs can be complex and time-consuming and we’re more than willing to help solve your problem through roof repair / patching, replacement or other solutions!