If you’ve ever walked through your house and been hit by a random drop of water dripping from the ceiling, you understand the inconvenience and worry that comes with discovering a roof leak. While preventative roof maintenance is the best way to keep leaks from happening, they still occur. If you find yourself dealing with this problem, time is of the essence—left ignored, a small leak could lead to much bigger problems. Set up some towels and a bucket to catch the dripping water, and then follow this guide on how to repair a roof leak quickly and effectively.
Are you in need of a roof inspection? Call in our team at Homewerx for the job! Our experienced contractors will ensure that your roof is in top condition.
What To Look For
Roof leaks aren’t always easy to spot. While drips coming from the ceiling are a pretty clear indication of a roof leak, other signs aren’t so obvious. Look for discoloration or a water stain on the ceiling, as these could be signs that water is leaking and pooling somewhere else.
Next, take a stroll around the perimeter of your home and look under the roofline. If you see water spots, it could mean there is a leak at the point where the walls meet the ceiling. Keep in mind that if you notice any of these signs, you should contact the roofing experts at Homewerx to come take a closer look and identify the source of the problem.
The Roof Leak Repair Process
Because finding and fixing a roof leak usually requires getting on the roof, this type of roof maintenance is best left to the professionals. Here’s how our team at Homewerx can help:
When you call a Homewerx roofing expert out to your home, we will get right to work identifying the source of the leak. We come equipped with the latest roofing tools, techniques, and technology to quickly spot the source of the leak.
Analyze and Strategize
Once the source of the leak is identified, your Homewerx roofing expert with work with you to discuss an action plan. This includes discussing materials and repair plans that make the most sense for your situation. We will provide you a detailed explanation of our findings as well as pictures of the problem areas. We will also be happy to answer basic questions regarding home insurance and roof leaks.
Patches and Flashing
If the leak is small, it can usually be fixed with a quick patch or replacement of basic materials, like shingles, underlayment, and replacing a patch of rotten wood. If the leak has caused significant interior damage, such as mold or the weakening of your roof structure, it could result in a more significant roof repair.
Caulking and Roof Sealant
Fixing a roof leak is more than just finding the problem and making it stop. It is also about ensuring this type of roof leak does not happen again. Roofing experts will treat small gaps in areas where surfaces come together, such as the chimney or a valley, and fill them with caulk or roof sealant. If the gaps are too large to fill, your roofing expert will suggest patching or new flashing.
Calling an expert is especially important if you notice that a roof leak is widespread and has started to damage the interior roofing materials or the roof decking. Time is of the essence since an untreated roof leak could result in a more serious or potentially a total roof replacement. It could also increase the chances of your family being exposed to mold and mildew caused by standing water in your ceilings and walls.
Homewerx Can Help
We hope you better understand how to repair a roof leak. If you suspect your roof is leaking, or you want to be proactive and have an expert check the current condition of your roof, contact Homewerx today!