Whether due to aging or natural disasters, a leaking roof can be a stressful time for homeowners and business owners alike. That’s why it’s critical to take immediate measures when you notice it. This post will provide next steps on what to do when your roof starts leaking. We cover:
- What to Do When Your Roof Starts Leaking
- How to Proactively Spot a Leaking Roof
- When a Roof Leak is an Emergency
- Health Risks of a Roof Leak
- How Axe Roofing Can Help
What to Do When Your Roof Starts Leaking
Water damage is no joke. Ignoring even a small leak can result in more significant damages down the road. Here are a few immediate next steps we suggest taking at the first sign of a leak.
- Protect your possessions
Once a leak has been discovered, move any furniture, clothing, and other items that might be at risk of being damaged. Water can be best described as “lazy” and will find the path of least resistance to move along. Try to avoid water from spreading over your floors as it may lead to more structural damage and expensive repair costs.
- Find the source of the leaking
There are usually three primary areas that give way to a leaking roof: roof vent, chimney, or damaged shingles. For the roof vent, one primary reason for the roof leak is a worn-out sealant material that’s usually installed on the bottom edges. Over time, the sealant material gives way to cracks causing a roof leak.
It’s a similar case for the chimney. The flashings wear out, giving way for water to penetrate your roof and, ultimately, the ceiling. To gauge the area causing the leak, look for holes, damaged shingles, or cracks on your roof.
- Cover the leaking areas
Until a roofing contractor can come out, you can cover the damaged roof areas to prevent further leaks. A tarp is a good option as it can extend across wide areas and is thick enough to prevent further water damage. You can also tuck the tarp into the shingles to reinforce protection over the leaking area.
Sometimes, it will be impractical to climb over to your roof to stop a leaking drywall ceiling. In such an instance, roofing tape can come in handy. Apply it over the leaking area to control the damage until you hire a roofer.
- Document the damage insurance
Once the leak is in control, it’s time to document the damages. Taking pictures and video footage will help during the roof insurance claims process. Also include items damaged due to the roof leaks so you can receive compensation.
- Hire a professional roofer
Whether you need a roof repair or a replacement, call a roofer, like Axe Roofing, to inspect the roof and determine next steps. A roofing company can walk with you through all the steps listed so you’re not alone. A leaky roof is not fun but having someone on your side can make the process a little easier.
How to Proactively Spot a Leaking Roof
Not all leaks can be easily spotted. We recommend scheduling a roof inspection at least a couple times a year. This will help you to catch issues early and make repairs in record time. We also recommend a roof inspection after snowfall and hailstorms.
When a Roof Leak is an Emergency
Many variables will come into play to determine if a roofing leak is an emergency. How big is the leak? What’s the source of the leak? Has the leak gone undetected and for how long? Your roofer will notify you of immediate next steps uncovered during an inspection.
Health Risks of a Roof Leak
Aside from structural damage, a leaking roof comes with serious health risks to you, your family, your tenants, or your employees. If water has penetrated the ceiling insulation or your home or commercial office, and no restoration is made, it can spread through ventilators to damage your furniture, clothing, and carpets.
Mold is known to cause respiratory issues and allergic reactions to some people and pets. In extreme cases, roof leaks can at times also lead to electrocution and fire hazards when live wiring encounters the leak.
How Axe Roofing Can Help
Axe Roofing is a locally owned and operated roofing company. We are headquartered in Broomfield, CO, and service many areas ranging from Longmont, Lakewood, and the Greater Metro Denver area. We can walk you through the process of getting a roof repaired or replaced due to a leak. If you have a question or would like to receive a quick quote, contact Axe Roofing today.