What To Do If Your Roof Is Leaking
The signs of a leaking roof can sometimes be subtle. Most of the time you won’t know your roofing system is failing until the water makes its way through several layers of roofing material to the inside of your home. It can appear as a small puddle in the attic, a damp spot on your ceiling or can be a much more offensive drip-drip-drip.
To avoid much larger and usually much more expensive issues, you must know what to do the moment you realize your roof leaks.
Shut Off Power It’s imperative you turn off any electrical power to the area of your home where the leak is. Ideally, this should be done from the main power source by turning off the breaker in the areas /rooms that are affected. Also, unplug and remove any electrical appliances that are near the leak. These steps will help you to avoid any potential for an electrical fire.
Move Valuables Protect any items that are directly affected by the leak. Remove any furniture and personal items that have been, or could potentially be, affected. If any items have already become wet move them to a well-ventilated area so they can begin to dry. If any items are too large or heavy to move, make sure to cover them with plastic to keep them protected.
Contain The Water The larger the leak, the bigger the bucket you’ll need. Make sure to position a bucket or basin directly under the leak. Also, check back on it regularly to ensure that the bucket isn’t filling up more quickly than you anticipated.
TIP: To avoid hearing the annoying drip sound, pin a long piece of string on the ceiling, as close to the leak as possible. The water will quietly slide down the string and into the bucket
It’s not sufficient to simply place a bucket under the leak. You will also need to keep an eye on water build up in your ceiling. If a pocket of water gets too large it can burst which can result in water pouring into the room and potentially ripping down a portion of the ceiling, both resulting in further damage. To avoid this from happening, poke a small hole in the water pocket before it becomes too large.
Contact A Professional A leaking roof isn’t a repair you should attempt to fix yourself. Once you have contained the leak and have removed any personal belongings, you need to contact a professional roofing contractor as soon as possible. Often it isn’t easy to pinpoint where the roof leak originates as the point of entry can be in a completely different place than the wet spot on your ceiling.
Penfolds Roofing & Solar has a 24/7 Emergency Repairs Department. Our emergency roof repair team is ready to respond quickly and effectively when you need it most.
Our team will provide you with sound advice and expertise on how to best repair and perform preventative roof maintenance to best extend the life of your roof. Not only that, once you’re a Penfolds’ customer we will take care of any other emergency repairs until we’re able to get your project into our production schedule. Giving you extra peace of mind!
Emergency Repairs: 1-877-252-2007