One of the worst things that homeowners have to deal with is a leaky roof. After all, no one wants to have water leaking into their homes, and homeowners always expect that their roofs will be there for them to keep them protected from the elements.
But just because your roof has sprung a bad leak does not mean that you need to get really stressed. Instead, remain calm and follow the tips below.
Have the Damage Assessed
Even though there are some roof leaks that could be caused by relatively minor problems, such as a hole in the flashing or a torn shingle, there are also instances in which your roof is leaking because of a major issue. To be sure you know exactly what is going on, it is a good idea to hire an insurance claims adjuster who can really assess the damage and see if your home insurance can cover the cost of the repairs.
Locate the Area of the Leak
Your roof is large, and the leak could be coming from a different area of the roof and making its way down to a particular room in your home, especially if the roof is not flat. Therefore, do not automatically assume that, just because your ceiling in your bathroom, for example, is wet, the leak is coming from right above it.
One of the first things you need to do is locate where on the roof the leak is taking place, but this can be quite difficult if you have a roof that is angled. If you can make your way onto your roof, be very careful and try to determine where the leak is coming from, whether it is from a hole or a bad shingle.
Get the Help of a Professional Roofing Company
You should contact a licensed roofer if you have multiple leaks, if you tried making a repair yourself but it is not working, if there is a leak that is moving across walls, if there is a lot of damage to the surface of the roof, or if the damage is simply too much for you to handle on your own.
Fixing the Roof Yourself
If you can manage to safely get up onto your roof to assess the damage, you may even be able to get up there and make the repairs yourself.
Minimise the chance of slipping and falling, and prevent causing further damage to your roof, by stepping on it as little as possible. For extensive work on the repair, rent or purchase a roofer ladder. And while you are actually on your roof, utilise a safety belt or harness that is secured by a lifeline that is attached to the base of your chimney or another stable fixture. Also, never work on your roof during inclement weather or icy conditions.
By following the tips above, you can keep your cool if your roof ever springs a leak, and you can get it repaired sooner rather than later.