During a rainstorm, you always wish water will not drip from your ceiling. Your roof keeps you and your family dry and when it fails, you may not know right away what to do. Although you can always put a pot or bucket under the drip, this is only a temporary fix. If you want the best solution to stop your roof from leaking in its tracks, call a reputable roofing company. While waiting for the professionals to arrive, follow the following steps:
Know where Water is Coming From
Are you seeing water drips or stains coming through the ceiling? If so, determine where the water is coming from. It may not be about your roof. When you make your way up to your attic, check to ensure the drip is not caused by your washing machine or toilet. Don’t forget to bring a flashlight to shine on the ceiling of your attic to spot any holes in the roof.
Work on Controlling the Damage
After figuring out the source of the water, it is time to do something to control it to some extent. Place buckets on the floor under the drips and dry the areas that have gotten wet. Do everything you can do to clean up your house and keep it as dry as possible. Leaving the drip unattended can cause more serious issues in your entire house.
Because there is a leak, your roof might have some problems. It may have holes, missing shingles, or a crack in the flashing for which you will need to call a professional roofer. But, while waiting for the roofer, try to stop the water flow until the professional can fix the problem permanently. Consider these solutions:
- Using a roofing tape or cement. This tool must be applied to the inside of the roof in order to plug the leak. Although a short-term solution, it can save your house and roof until somebody can get use the right tools and materials for stopping the roof leak.
- Placing a tarp. Put a tarp on top of the space where water is coming in. You can also place the tarp over the leak to block it from entering. Typically, this is an effective temporary solution; however, it is dangerous. Only place a tarp if you have tried working on the roof in the past and when you feel comfortable securing the tarp.
Although you could go to the hardware store to buy a few shingles for patching up the area, it is best to contact a local roofing expert. Keep in mind that water damage can be tricky and can cause extensive damage to the house’s sub-roofing.