My Roof is Leaking, What Can I Do?December 27, 2012
If your roof is leaking, it may be very frustrating depending on the amount of water that is coming in. If you cannot find the source of the leak then it can be even more frustrating. The first thing you want to do when you find out you have a leak in your roof is to cover your belongings so that they do not end up with water damage. Then you may need to relocate temporarily based on the degree of the leak. In this time you need to call a qualified roofing company so they can come and analyze the leak so you can get help with fixing the problem.
Fixing a leaking roof is not a DIY project and if you want to have the job well done then you need to turn it over to professionals. If you need a quick fix before your leak is fully remedied, here are a few temporary solutions.
The Most Popular Ways to Treat a Roof Leak
- Tarp – this is a good solution if you know where the source of the leak is. You can find this at your local home improvement store and it is quite affordable to purchase. This is a good quick fix and it helps to ensure that further damage does not occur to your roof. After getting the tarp it should be placed on the roof over the area where the leak is coming through and secured there so that no more water can go through. Bear in mind that this is only a short term solution and you should still call your roofing company to check the integrity of the roof to ensure that there aren’t any other potential areas that may need maintenance before they get to the point where you will have other leaks around the house.
- For a tiny leak you can use a simple solution such as peel and stick rubber. You simply stick it to the area where the leak is coming from and apply firm and even pressure to the area to ensure it sticks. Remember that this is only ideal for small holes.
- Gravel and Tar – if you have multiple areas of your roof leaking and they are in patches, the best option will be to apply gravel and tar solution. Usually these patches are due to rain water settling on the roof. You will need to cut out these patches with a knife and then place them over the tar and add the gravel. If you do not have basic roofing experience then you shouldn’t try to do this yourself. Instead get your roofing company to do the repair for you.
If you have water in your home but are not sure if it is due to a leaky roof it would be best for you to not invest in trying to find the source of the water. You may start searching for a leaky roof when the problem is not with the roof but with condensation in your attic or something else. If that is the problem you would have wasted your time and energy.
Instead, call Mad City to assess the situation. Our representatives will be able to tell you if your roof is leaking or if in fact you have condensation in your attic causing the underside of your roof to be moist, mimicking a problem with your roof.