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What Do You Do When Your Roof Is Leaking

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Have you been cursed by the telltale drips of a leaking roof? This is not a problem to ignore unless you want your roof to cave in around your ankles.

When your roof is leaking, the culprit is almost always your roofing system or your plumbing. Do you know the signs or a leaking roof, or even what to do when the drips start dripping?

Signs of a Leaking Roof

Water dripping from a patch of water damaged ceiling is usually an unmistakable sign that you’ve sprung a leak. Whether it’s because of your roofing system or your plumbing is another question entirely.

If your ceiling leak coincides with any of the following symptoms, your roof is at fault:

  • The water drops are brown or dirty
  • Leaking occurs during or shortly after rainfall
  • Your interior walls have water drip stains
  • Your exterior walls are covered with moss, mould, or algae
  • Your downspouts have missing shingles or debris in them
  • Your roof’s shingles have cracked, curled, or buckled
  • Your roof insulation is damp and soggy

Plumbing related leaks aren’t correlated with the weather. The leak will be more consistent and the water is usually clean.

Leaking Roof Hazards

Beyond the new water feature installed on your ceiling, there are a few hazards a leaking roof poses against your home.

Water Damage

Water from the leak in your roof will cause water damage to your ceiling if left unattended. Not only does this leave an unattractive water damage mark on your ceiling, but it is also the perfect breeding ground for mould and bacteria. It can also affect the structural integrity of your ceiling as well as cause wood swelling, delamination, and rust.

Depending on what your roof insulation is made of, wet insulation can have reduced thermal insulation properties, meaning your home will not only be wet, but also cold! To make things worse, if water makes its way into electrical appliances or systems, your whole family could be at risk of electrical damage.

Mould and Mildew

A wet ceiling is a perfect place for mould and mildew to set up home. Mould spores can transfer to the air, and if breathed in can cause respiratory issues, as well as headaches and nausea. This is especially bad for those who suffer from asthma.

Roof Collapse

When water leaks down from your roof and pools above your ceiling, it adds additional stress and weight to your beams, drywall, and insulation. If this is left too long you run the risk of a roof collapse!

How To Fix a Leaking Roof

Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do about a leaking roof without professional help. We recommend you contact Jim’s Plumbing who are available 24/7 for plumbing emergencies and roof leak repairs. We can even be with you just an hour from your call*.

In the meantime, here are a few steps you should take to mitigate the damage while waiting for help.

Remove Personal Belongings From the Area

Your first step should be to move your personal belongings out of the room with the leak to another room, or cover with plastic if not possible. Remove any rugs, furniture, and especially electronics to save them from water damage and the extra cost you would have to repair them.

Contain the Leak

With your personal belongings moved, now it is time to contain the leak. Place a bucket directly under the leak and have a second bucket on standby to swap when the first bucket fills up. Use old towels or mops to soak up any water that dripped onto your floor. This is especially important to prevent water damage and mould growth in your home.

Contact a Professional

These are unfortunately only short term fixes, but until you are able to have a professional come see your roof leak there isn’t much else to be done. A qualified technician can diagnose the source of your problem, provide a solution, as well as recommend future plumbing maintenance which will help prevent this problem from occurring again.

Most home insurance covers roof leaks and water damage, however, if the leak is due to negligence, you might be left to cover the costs. Don’t neglect a small leak, over time it will only get bigger and will pose a bigger risk to your home and family. Contact your local team at Jim’s Plumbing to find out more.

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