You will never notice a roof leak until it leaks! When this happens, obviously it’s during heavy rains. A rainstorm can pour water so hard and fast, and rainwater will instantly collect on the gutters and seep through tiny holes and slits as quickly as it can. When water drop reaches your head or any part of your house’s interior, that’s the time you will panic.
What shall you do? Call a roofer? Perhaps you can contact a roofer, but the situation will dictate if roofers can immediately become available amid a heavy storm. And most likely, it isn’t possible to repair a leak on the exterior in such weather. Some roofers who can be there for emergencies can only make fixes on the interior’s damage and settle for immediate, temporary actions.
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Assuming the roofer can’t come, the first thing you can do is to find a fix on the leak. No one would want an irritating leak, besides leaks will cause significant damage to the interior parts of your home.
You can’t still find where the problem is when the water collects on the ceiling joists, to which water will always find a way to settle. Worse is, water will continue to run along the course of electrical pipes and tubes, which could endanger the main switch if it is on and so the affected light bulb when even a slight opening gives the water a chance to penetrate.
You can punch a hole on the wall or ceiling where you suspect water has made a puddle on that spot. Place a pail or a container aligned to that spot to let the water drip down. This way, you’re preventing the drywall from future damage. Dampened wall and moisture buildup will destroy the woodworks.
When you’re putting large containers over the dripping holes, make sure to move furniture or any electrical appliance that may catch water. At this time, you should have turned off your main electrical switch to prevent short circuits.
Carpets on the floor should be covered or removed to avoid them getting soaked. This is also to prevent them from accumulating molds and bacteria. Wet carpet emits a bad smell. And it’s not healthy for the home interior’s environment.
Find the leak’s source
The hole you found does not always point to the source of roof damage. This can be tough because fixing the roof could be delayed as water travels far through the ceiling and might cause another leak somewhere. But the good point is, it is only during rainy days you can spot the leak—at least.
Another obstacle you may encounter is that the leak can pass through other channels. Perhaps, the leak is caused by a broken pipe or downspout that runs through a wall’s foundation. This is harder to fix because aside from the ceiling that gets ruined by the water puddle, you might need a carpenter and a plumber to destroy the concrete wall that houses the pipe.
Clogged gutters are also to blame for the leak. When there’s too much rainwater, the pipes will choke and spill the rest, allowing the water to seep into different parts of the house when it entered wall membranes.
The attic can also be your source of the leak. This could be harder than the clogged gutter because the loft is built with layers of insulation. But looking for the spot where it is mostly wet, that’s the area where the damage in the roof could be.
If water has penetrated membranes of the loft’s layers, it is not smart to put a pail or a catching container for the water because, at this time, the water has been absorbed by the layers. You can use rags or old shirts instead so to mitigate the flow of leak over the damped ceiling.
Your home’s exterior
There’s nothing left to do when you have all figured out from the inside where the leak is coming from. Attempting to climb the roof is a dangerous trek. Never do it if you can’t, especially that it is slippery up there when the roof is wet. Perhaps you can settle on your mini adventures inside the home to at least minimise the steady drip of water.
In worse cases, you can always contact more experienced people to fix the stuff and do away with all the damages the leak has brought. In Birmingham, you can find us and call us anytime. We have our emergency call-out service during these tough times. Our team understands that your safety during inclement weather is dependent on the durability of your roof.
As they say, “prevention is better than cure,” preventive measures in roofing will save you from unnecessary expense. Reach out to us so we can furnish you with information on smart things to do during these difficult times. Trust your roofing works to Birmingham Roofers, and we will never let you down.