MY ROOF IS LEAKING - NOW WHAT?!!
So it’s raining outside. And, oh no… inside, too!
If this is normal, then you’ve missed the entire point of having a roof, and I’m thinking home ownership may not be for you, otherwise, you’ve got a leak.
Other signs of leaks are bulges or discoloration in your ceiling. That’s when water is pooling on the other side of that bulge or dark spot. No waiting around for the sunshine now. You’ve got to take immediate action. Here are some top tips:
Contain the Leak and Prevent any Further Damage
Put a bucket, trashcan, or some other container under the site of the drip or suspected leak. Note: Consider propping up a board inside the container so the drips hit the board and not the accumulated water. This will prevent that annoying dripping sound, which could lead to you punching a hole in one of your walls, which you’ll then need another contractor to fix. (If you want to punch a hole in something, hang on – we’re getting to that part.)
Now, get a Screwdriver
Yes a screwdriver and locate the center of the bulge where water is accumulating and puncture it right in the middle. Though it might seem unusual to punch a hole in your ceiling to stop a leak, the new hole will allow the water to drain smoothly and relieve pressure on the rest of your ceiling. If water accumulates and pools, the entire ceiling could collapse. The general rule with ceilings is that smaller holes are easier to fix than big ones.
Fix it Yourself — Briefly
And Then Call a Professional ASAP
The problem is identified and contained. Well done! This is normally where you call a roofing contractor. But you can just check out a few DIY videos on YouTube right?
Unless you really know what you’re doing, this isn’t a DIY project. Given the expense and HUGE damage that could result from shoddy work get the pros in as soon as possible to access and fix the damage.
My team at CLASS EH! ROOFING specialize in 24 hour emergency repairs. If you need your roof fixed we would be pleased to help you out:
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Wayne Jeffreys is a native of Niagara-On-The-Lake and owner of Niagara based roofing company Class Eh Roofing!