If you notice signs of your roof leaking – it is imperative to repair the problem as soon as possible to avoid further water damage, as well as a larger bill. You will want to take some necessary precautions to keep you and your household safe from any possible damages and dangers.
Roof Leak Causes
When your roof leaks, that is a sign that part of your home is damaged. Ceiling leaks occur generally as a result of a faulty patch on the roof, cracked shingles, rusty flashing, or your roof is just old. When water flows through your home, it begins to pool and causes puddles, soaking and subsequent leaking to occur. Blistered or peeling paint, discoloration, and dripping water are all signs of a leak that has already infiltrated your ceiling.
How to Spot a Roof Leak
To identify the source or at least estimate where the source may be is by keeping an eye out for any patterns of the water leak. If the water dripping from the leak is dirty or occurs most frequently when there is a storm or bad weather, this is likely a cause of a leak or hole in the roof. This kind of leak often causes soggy and dampened insulation that may cause mold and can be solved by focusing on and fixing the structure of your roof.
Some of the first signs of a roof leak are the sight and sound of dripping water in your home. However, there are other signs you may discover, regardless of whether it’s raining or not. Some include:
- Musty odors in certain rooms.
- Water stains on your ceiling.
- Spots on your exterior walls.
- Bulging patches on your interior walls.
- Missing or warped shingles.
These are signs you have a leaky roof. Find the source of the leak and remember that it, unfortunately, might not be in the area where you find water stains. The reason being that water sometimes travels from where the entry point is, up to several feet along the inside of your home. This means that your leak could be several feet away from the water stain on your ceiling. Once you find the source of the water leak, it’s time to minimize as much damage as possible until a professional can fix it. One way is to use a bucket of some kind to collect the water during downpours.
My Roof Is Leaking, What Should I Do?
Move Furniture Out Of The Way
If you have a bucket to catch the water, that’s great. But you should also move your furniture out of the way just in case the water starts leaking in other places as well. If you can’t move your furniture out of the way, cover what you can’t move.
If you notice a spot in the ceiling that indicates there is water pooling, the weight can cause a dangerous collapse. Poke an opening in the center of the bulge to release the built-up water in your ceiling while having a bucket placed right under it to catch the water.
Contact A Professional
In these cases, roof leaks are not a problem you should seek to fix on your own. Contact Philly’s Phinest Roofing; we are dedicated to providing affordable, high-quality roofing repair.