Your roof can leak at any time of year – it doesn’t have to be during our rainiest months or even during especially strong storms. Sometimes even small showers that pop up out of the blue can lead to serious roof leaks… and if that’s happened to you, check out this advice from New View’s Dallas roofing experts.
Advice From Dallas Roofing Experts on What to Do if Your Roof is Leaking
If you discover a roof leak (hopefully sooner than later), there are three things you can do to help minimize damage while you find a roofing contractor to come repair it:
- Contain the leak
- Cover your belongings and maintain the situation
- Remove the water
As soon as you can, call us to get emergency roof repair. We’ll send someone to your home as quickly as we can to zero in on the leak and seal it off so you can avoid further damage.
Dallas Roofing Tip #1: Contain the Leak
If you can identify where the water is coming in, grab a bucket, a trash can or even pots and pans to catch the water that’s dripping down. While this won’t protect your ceiling, it will prevent water from pooling or leaking down another level in your home.
Pro Tip: Get into your attic and see if you can locate the source of the leak there. Catching water before it gets into your insulation can dramatically reduce the damage it does. Don’t climb on your roof if it’s raining, though – that can be incredibly dangerous, and you can’t fix a roof leak from the emergency room.
Dallas Roofing Tip #2: Cover Your Belongings
Move what you can and cover the rest. The longer the roof leaks, the more endangered your belongings are. If you have boxes, clothing or small pieces of furniture, get them to a dry location immediately. If there are things you can’t move on your own, cover them with a tarp and place buckets, pots and pans or other containers under the drips. You’ll have to keep an eye on them so they don’t overflow.
Pro Tip: If you’re catching water in a bucket, it’s going to splash – and the “drip-drip-drip” sound is going to get really old, really fast. Place a small board or another item in the container that’s catching the water so the drops hit it rather than the water’s surface; that will minimize splashing and help lessen the sound.
Dallas Roofing Tip #3: Remove the Water
If water is causing bulges in your ceiling, puncture a hole in the center of the bulge. You’ll have a gush of water, so make sure the floor is covered and you’re not standing directly below the puncture. This is essential to prevent further damage because it provides the water a low-resistance path – and it reduces the amount of stress on the rest of your ceiling. Accumulated water can cause your entire ceiling to collapse.
Do You Need to Talk to Dallas Roofing Experts About a Leak?
Don’t leave a water leak untreated – they never fix themselves. If your roof is leaking, we can find the source of the water incursion and repair the area so that no more moisture gets in. We’ll also repair any damage that the leak did to your roofing materials. Call us right away at 469-222-4506 so we can help you minimize the damage a roof leak can cause.