My Roof is Leaking! 5 Step Action Plan to Avoid Disaster

If you are a homeowner, there is a good chance that you live in dread of discovering a leak in your home. While it is true that a leak is serious issue, it is also one that can be dealt with quite easily if you are willing to handle it right away. The key is to not ignore the leak, as it will only compound the problem. Here is a 5 step action plan to avoid a leaking disaster!

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Roof Patch

There is a substance available from hardware stores known as roof patch, and essentially it is a sort of caulk but designed for roofs. If water is threatening to come in fast, and if you know where the leak is, a handful of roof patch can help you keep water out until the rain stops coming. Be very careful applying this, as you will be on the roof in wet weather. Similarly, a temporary shingle can be applied to keep water out.

Focus the Water with String

Not only do you have to worry about the leak, you also have to worry about the damage the water is doing to your home. If the leak is small, you can tape a piece of string close to it so that the water runs down the string and straight into a bucket that you have prepared below. This directs the water and prevents it from splattering around you.

Drill a Hole

If the hole is more than an inch in diameter and water is coming in fast, you have to worry about the damage the water is doing in your ceiling. If you are worried about watering coming in and harming the ceiling, take a drill and put some holes in the affected area. This lets the water run out, relieving the weight. While this may seem initially counter intuitive, it’s a smart decision which may help the ceiling from collapsing.

Bucket Brigade

Do not let a water bucket overflow. Keep bailing until help arrives. You may even want to consider buying two water buckets. Two water buckets especially come in handy if the leak is significant in size. If necessary, call in an emergency roofing expert. Remember that the sooner the issue is repaired, the less damage it can do.

Call In a Professional

When you realize that you cannot easily fix a roof on your own, call in a professional. The experts at A. Clark Roofing & Siding Ltd advise early intervention rather than later. The sooner a problem is addressed, the less it will cost you in the long run. Professional roofers are well equipped to handle any potential roofing catastrophe.

Dealing with a roof leak is never fun, and that is why it is so important to act fast. The sooner you act, the less damage there will be. While this action plan won’t always stop a roof from leaking, it will prevent the leak from getting worse, which may ultimately lead to flooding.

Erin Emanuel