What to Do When Your Roof Starts Leaking

Posted September 8, 2022 by in Home
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Old roofs and winter weather don’t go together very well, and since winter is on its way, it’s a good idea to find out what to do when the two do mix. You’ll often find that rain and wind cause your roof to leak, particularly if there are missing tiles or broken areas. This is never a good thing; water damage from rain can be devastating, and even if you catch it quickly, it can still leave stains and cause mold. So with that in mind, it’s important to know just what to do if you find that your roof is leaking so you can minimise the damage as much as you can. Read on to find out more. 

Contain The Water

The first thing you’ll need to do when you have a leak is to contain the water. You won’t be able to stop the rain, no matter how much you wish you could, and you won’t necessarily be able to make any repairs right away (especially if it’s cold, dark, wet, and windy – it would be potentially dangerous and at best your work could be undone by the weather), so by containing the water you can prevent as much damage as possible from occurring. 

Use buckets, bowls, and anything other watertight containers you can find to place under the leaks. Ideally, these should be large containers so you don’t have to keep emptying them, but anything is better than nothing. When you have contained the obvious leaks, it’s wise to check for any others that you might not yet have seen, just in case. 

Minimize The Damage

Once the leaks have been dealt with, you must have a look at the damage that occurred before you realized there was a problem. Hopefully, it won’t be very much at all, but you’ll still need to see what has happened. 

The best move to make now is to cover any valuables – including soft furnishing that can be very badly damaged by water – with plastic sheeting or a similar waterproof fabric. If any other leaks occur, no more damage will be done. 

Make Some Calls 

As soon as you can, you’ll need to make some important calls. The first will be to your insurance company. If there is a lot of damage, you might be able to claim for repairs and replacing items through your household insurance. Rather than worrying about what money you’ll get back and whether your insurance covers this issue or that one, it’s best to just make the call or enquire online and find out for sure. Once you know what your insurance will and won’t cover, you can set about getting repairs organized. 

The repairs are what you need to make the next phone call about. If the roof can be repaired, a specialist roofer will be required to do the job as soon as possible. However, in some cases, more than just a few fixes and replaced tiles are required; in some cases, you might need an entirely new roof, in which case you’ll need professionals to carry out roof repair.

Although this is a big job, it will certainly be worth having carried out if the alternative is that every time it rains, the damage gets worse, your house gets damp and moldy, and you have to keep placing buckets under every leak. Once the new roof is installed, these issues are no longer something you have to worry about, and you can relax in your home, whatever the weather.