There is never a convenient time for your roof to begin leaking. A leaking roof could have many points of origin, for example, it could be caused by heavy rainfall that has collected or made its way into your shingling or, in some homes, caused by a hot water tank stored in the attic. No matter where or 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. This is why you should not only get your roof repaired, but also find the root of the problem so you can prevent any issues occurring again in the future. For example, it may be stemming from the pipes or the water line in your home which means you would need to contact a specialist to ensure you don’t have any reoccurring leaks.
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. Before you do that, it’s important to get in contact with your local roofing company to see if they can come and prevent the leak as soon as possible. Roofers will be able to fix the issue and repair the roof quickly, whilst also advising the best course of action to prevent something similar from happening again.
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 already become serious. If you have noticed a problem, however small, then make sure to get it fixed.
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.