When Your Roof Leaks, Here Are Things To Do

Storms in the spring can bring a lot of rain, exposing roof leaks. When an April shower finds its way into your living room, what should you do?
First, get the inside damage under control as soon as feasible.
Move any items that haven’t been wet yet. If you can’t move the furniture or other belongings, cover them with plastic sheets to keep them dry. Fill a leak-proof container with dripping water and place it on a sturdy surface. to read more
Remove the water from the equation.
Start blotting up any water that has soaked into the carpet or furnishings. If your carpet has been damp, you may need to rip it away from the padding. Allow the backing to dry by exposing it to the air. This will also allow the padding beneath the mattress to dry, reducing the risk of mould growth. As much fresh air as possible should be circulated around the affected areas.
Make contact with your insurance representative.
Call your insurance agent if your living area has incurred significant damage. Your insurance policy may or may not cover interior damage caused by a roof leak. Call the agent as soon as possible. Within hours of receiving your contact, they can usually evaluate the damage and assist you in beginning the process of cleaning up or replacing your damaged items.
Examine the roof both inside and out.
Check the roof for visible sources of standing or pooling water as soon as possible. Check for debris in the valleys, gutters, and downspouts, and enable water to flow freely off the roof and away from the home. Examine the roofing materials for flaws. Make sure the water barrier is not exposed in any manner and that all elements of the underlying roof are covered with shingles. Remember that the water’s entry point into the living space may not be precisely beneath the roof leak. Roof leaks can “travel,” so thoroughly investigate the entire area of the leak. Inspecting the roof from the attic space above the living quarters may also be beneficial. This could give you a better idea of how the water is getting into the building.
Make sure the gutters and downspouts are clear.
Remove any evident obstructions and unclog any clogged downspouts. A garden hose is frequently used for purpose. If the downspout is clogged and cannot be cleared with a hose, you may need to remove it from the gutter and clear it by inverting the downspout or pushing the debris out with a broom handle or other long object. Reattach it to the gutter and guide the water away from the foundation once it is clear.
Examine the flashing.
Roof leaks aren’t always caused by blocked gutters or downspouts. Instead, where the roofing material is old or torn, leaks occur. In other cases, the flashing around chimneys, vents, or roof projections has been compromised, allowing water to enter the structure below. Inspect the flashing around chimneys, dormers, vents, and other roof attachments. It’s possible that the flashing will need to be changed if it’s in bad shape. A generous coating of roof tar may prevent the leak if the sealing around the flashing is compromised.
Examine the area for any concealed damage.
Roof leaks typically develop over time, thus water may accumulate unobserved for a period of time before entering the living space. When you investigate the attic, look for any concealed damage caused by the leak. Wet areas on the roof planks or panels, discoloured wood, broken OSB panels, unusual scents, and dirt on the insulation are all things to look for. Look for bulges in the ceilings and walls, peeling paint, and severely cracked plaster or wallboard on the inside. All of these symptoms indicate that something is wrong with your attic or walls.