What to Do if Your Roof Starts to Leak 💦
So your roof has sprung a leak.... now what? A leaking roof can cause a lot of damage and fast! When you notice a leak in your home, even if it's small, it's important to address the issue in a timely manner. Today, our roofing company at the Lake of the Ozarks has a few tips to consider if you experience a roof leak.
Minimize the Damage
A sprung leak in your roof can cause major damage to your home if not addressed quickly and correctly. One of the most important steps you can take is to stop the damage from spreading. Find the wettest spot and place a bucket and plastic in that area to catch the majority of the water. If you notice that your ceiling is bubbling where the water is leaking from, that's a pretty good indication that there is standing water which means great potential for some serious damage. Poke a small hole in the bubble to release the water and to prevent the standing water from spreading further and causing more damage.
Avoid Extended Damage
Leaking water can cause further damage to more than just your roof and ceiling. Water tends to find paths of travel, so even though you've found a major leak in the center of the room, the source of the leak could be coming from somewhere else. Check the surrounding floor and wall area for moisture. Make sure the carpet and flooring is dry to avoid mold or staining. If your carpet is saturated, it may be necessary to pull back the carpet to allow the padding to dry out thoroughly. Use fans to dry it out faster.
Locate the Leak Source
Once you've addressed the immediate concerns and minimized any potential damage, you'll want to try to pinpoint the source of the leak. Don't just assume that where it's leaking in your ceiling is where the roof leak is. As stated before, water finds travel paths. In an attic, this could mean that there are several feet between the source of the leak in the roof and the leak in the ceiling. The best way to find the source is to get in the attic and start investigating.
Clean the area surrounding the point of entry before trying to patch the hole to avoid it from falling before your Lake of the Ozarks roofer arrives. Clean up and dry any wet areas you find in the attic to avoid a mold issue. We would recommend not climbing on your roof to find the source of the problem that way; instead, leave the heights to a licensed professional.
Schedule a FREE Roof Inspection
One of the best things you can do for your home is to schedule a FREE roof inspection at the Lake of the Ozarks! Being proactive about the condition of your roof can help avoid a leak in the first place. Sometimes leaks go unnoticed for quite some time which can cause serious problems. Give us a call and our crew can come to inspect your roof