What to Do When you Have a Roof Leak

Roof Leak
There is never a convenient time for your roof to begin leaking. No matter how quickly you discover the leak, it is important to take immediate action to avoid further damage to your home.

First Step in Containing a Roof Leak

The first step in managing a roof leak is to minimize further water damage. If the water is dripping from a bulge or discoloration in your ceiling, there is likely water pooling on the other side of the ceiling. Place a bucket, trash can, or container under the site of the suspected leak. In cases of a severe bulge, we may suggest puncturing a hole at the center of the bulge. A new hole will allow the water to drain smoothly and relieve pressure on the rest of the ceiling. If excessive water accumulates, the entire ceiling could collapse.

If you can safely access the roof, you can temporarily alleviate the leaking by tarping the problem area. If you are unable to reach the source, or feel unsafe doing so, it would be best to immediately contact a roofing professional. Holladay Grace Roofing offers a 24/7 emergency service: 719-596-0733. It is important to note that if your roof is leaking due to current weather, a roofing professional probably can not repair the leak until the bad weather has stopped. Tarping is a way to mitigate further damage until the weather has passed.

How to Fix a Roof Leak

Once you get the leak under control, it is time to get your roof fixed. If your roof is fewer than 15 years old, the leak can most likely be spot-repaired instead of a total roof replacement. Keep in mind that a small leak will not go away — it will only get worse.

If your home has sustained heavy damage due to a roof leak, it is important to call your home insurance agent. Your insurance policy may not cover damage from a leaky roof, but we recommend reaching out as soon as possible.

The Importance of Acting Quickly on a Roof Leak

It is very important to act quickly on a roof leak, no matter how small the leak. Even the beginning signs of a stain, or bubbling on the ceiling can lead to a very serious problem. Fixing these issues early can help minimize major damage. In many cases, by the time the damage is noticed the issue has become serious.

Beginning Signs of a Roof Leak

The National Roofing Contractors Association recommends inspecting your roof in the fall and spring each year. Here is what to look during your roof inspection:

On your interior ceiling:

  • Dark spots
  • Ceiling Sagging
  • Spots where exterior light shines through

On the the exterior roof:

  • Missing, rotting, broken, or buckling shingles
  • Loose material or wear around chimneys or vents
  • Clogged or slow-draining gutters and downspouts

How to Pick the Right Roofing Company to Fix a Roof Leak

To ensure your roof is properly fixed, it is important to call a licensed roofing contractor. Below are a few things to keep in mind when choosing the right roofing company:

  • Make sure your contractor is licensed, insured, and will pull required permits
  • In cases of a new roof, ask about outlining specific maintenance instructions for your new roof
  • Discuss Warranty options with your contractor (both material and workmanship)
  • In cases of a new roof, ask about the expected life of the roof
  • Ensure that your contractor agrees that your roof must pass municipal inspection before the work is considered complete

Holladay Grace Roofing has been serving the Front Range since 1979. If you have a roof leak, give Holladay Grace a call: 719-596-0733.

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