Roofs can become weaker over time due to exposure to the elements. This makes roof leaks almost inevitable. If they aren’t repaired within 24 to 48 hour of water intrusion, leaking roofs can lead to water damage, or mold growth.
Tips To Help Mitigate Roof Leaks
Minimize interior water damage
- Any items that are susceptible to water damage, such as valuables, electronics and furniture, should be moved to dry areas. If furniture is not possible to move, cover it with plastic sheets.
- To collect water, place a bucket underneath the leak. To stop water from splashing onto the floor and into the bucket, attach a piece string to the ceiling.
- Leakage of water can cause ceiling paint to bubble up or blister. To release water from the ceiling, use a pin to puncture the paint with a small needle.
Find and fix the leak
- To locate the source of the leak, you can trace the water path through your attic if you have access. You should look for moisture-related watermarks, stains, or discolorations in the wood.
- The point at which water is leaking into your interior may not be the exact location of the crack in your roof. Water can travel down beams and trusses from the entry point to the roof, until it reaches a weak spot in the attic floor. This could cause a leak.
- You should be aware of the various causes of leaky roofs.
- To prevent roof leaks or structural water damage, have your gutters and downspouts checked twice a year.
- If you don’t feel confident performing the tasks, contact a professional roofing company.