Tips for Dealing with a Leaky Roof

A leaky roof is more than a nuisance. Leaks can result in water damage to items in your house or the house itself. Anyone with a roof above their heads should expect to deal with roof damage at some point. Leaks can be the result of many things, including shingles that have become loose due to strong winds, corrosion along joints, and impact damage from flying debris. Handling a leak properly can save you a lot of problems in the future.

Take Care of the Water

If you have a leak, there's a good chance that you also have water pooled up on some surface near the leak. This means you should check the ceiling for areas with water. Sometimes this water can also follow openings that were made for light fixtures or vents. Ensure this water is drained away as you tend to the roof because it can still cause some damage. You should also find a way to ventilate the wet area to remove additional moisture.

Locate All the Leaks

Sometimes battling a leaky seems like a futile effort. You may fix one leak today only to discover one or two more in a few days or weeks. This is not uncommon in old roofs. Therefore, you should take some time to try and locate all the leaks.

You can even work with a helper who can stand in the attic checking for drips while you pour water on the roof using a garden hose. Some leaks can be difficult to locate since they don't drip directly underneath the hole.

Make Temporary Repairs While You Wait

No amount of water is acceptable when dealing with roof leaks. However, dealing with some leaks can be quite challenging. This means you'll need a roofing contractor, such as 911 Exteriors, to deal with the problem permanently. However, while you wait, there are a few things you can do to keep water out of your home temporarily. Roof tape is one such temporary solution.

Remember That Caulking Is Only a Temporary Solution

Caulk is a good solution to have on short notice if you have a leak. However, this solution doesn't last whether you're using it to fix cracked plastic vents or reattach metal seams. You should only use this solution while you wait for the experts.

Keep the Repairs Simple

If the problem is a broken shingle or flashing, limit your work to that area. If you start tearing out other parts, you could cause more damage.