It happens to the best of us, even when we take every precaution possible; the roof leaks. Understanding the immediate steps to take and the safety precautions to follow will allow you to avoid more extensive damage than is necessary as well as keep yourself safe while you attempt the repairs. It is important to remember that if the repairs are out of your realm of abilities or you do not feel safe, it is always best to call the professionals for help.
Signs of a Leak
Sometimes a leaky roof is not instantly noticeable. In fact, most times you won’t notice it until there is extensive damage on your ceiling or walls. At that point, the water has likely been there for a while, which means that time is of the essence before more damage occurs. If you see:
- Dark stains on your ceiling
- Wet spots on the wall
- Peeling or chipped paint
- Mold or mildew
The chances are that you have a leak. Now you need to know what to do to fix the problem as fast as possible.
Locate the Source
It might be impossible to find the exact spot that your roof is leaking, but if you can tell the general area, tape a piece of string to the spot and place a bucket on the floor. The water will navigate its way to the string and with the bucket directly beneath it, the water will drip into the bucket, rather than leaking in multiple places, putting your home at risk for serious damages.
Once you have the inside of your house situated, you will need to find the leak on the exterior of your roof. This step will not be easy and certain safety precautions need to be followed:
- Know exactly where it is safe to walk on the roof. If you are unsure if certain areas are weak from the water, let the professionals handle it.
- Use a spotter when you climb the ladder. If this is impossible, double check that the ladder is secure.
- Use the appropriate safety ropes while on the roof.
If you cannot locate the leak or are unsure about the safety of climbing the roof, it is best to leave this job to the professionals. The faster you have your leak fixed, the less damage you will have to fix on the interior of your home and the lower the risk of mold or mildew exposure that you and your family might experience.