Water, Water Everywhere: What To Do In The Event Of A Big, Sudden Roof Leak

Posted on: 1 September 2016

Your roof's main job is to separate you from the elements – so when rain starts pouring in, it can be pretty frustrating. If you stand by and do nothing, not only will you have a damaged roof, but you'll also have extensive water damage to your insulation, attic flooring, and perhaps even your interior walls. It's important to take action quickly. When the water starts coming in, follow these steps.

Trap the water.

Grab a trash can, a tote, or a big bucket, and place it under the area where the water is coming in. Make sure you look around for other smaller leaks as often there is more than on drip or running point. Ensure that the containers you use will be able to be moved out of the attic when they're full of water. Otherwise, you may end up having to bale water out of them with a smaller bucket.

Soak up any spilled water.

Now that the bucket is keeping thing from getting any wetter, take a few minutes to soak up any water that has accumulated on the floor. It won't take long for it to soak through into the wallboards and ceiling material. A little soaked in water may evaporate on its own, but if you let the rest of the puddle soak in, you may end up having to call a professional water damage restoration company.

Do a temporary patch yourself.

A leak this big will require repair from a professional roofer. But in the meantime, if you have some basic DIY skills, you can patch the area and prevent further leaks in coming days. Wait until the storm stops so your roof can dry out. You may have to keep emptying those buckets that are catching the water, but it's better to wait than to risk climbing on a slippery, wet roof.

When the roof is dry, grab a bundle of shingles and some roofing nails from the local home improvement store. You'll also need a tube or roofing cement. Locate the area where there are loose or missing shingles. There's no need to pry them off, as your repair is going to be temporary. Position a new shingle on top of the loose or missing ones, and nail it into place with three nails along the top and bottom. Add additional shingles if needed to patch the area. Then, place a glob of roofing cement over each nail. Your repair won't look nice, but it should prevent leaks for a week or two while you get in touch with a roofing company.

A roofing leak is frustrating, but if you trap the water, soak up extra water, and do a quick patch, you can minimize damage to your home. For more information, contact Power Roofing does residential roofing or a similar company.