3 Steps You Must Take If Your Roof Is Leaking

It can be quite maddening when you discover your roof is leaking.  You may not know what to do in order to remedy the problem.  It may be your first instinct to call a professional roofer.  If water is streaming heavily into your building, then it would be necessary to seek out a professional.  Large leaks can cause damage more quickly and can be expensive if the problem isn't rectified immediately.  On the other hand, if you are dealing with a slow leak, the chance of damage decreases tremendously.  You should try these 3 steps to help alleviate the problem before consulting with a professional, like those at Align Roofing LLC:

  • Investigate the problem
  • Assess the damage
  • Complete the repairs

Investigate The Source Of Your Roof Leak

It's not always easy to pinpoint the exact location of the leak.  Take your time and be patient.  

  • Start by investigating the inside of your building.  Since you are dealing with a slow leak, the only sign will most likely be a stain on your ceiling or walls.  The stain will appear to be a light brown color.  This means that water has traveled through and has found its way to the inside of your building.  If the staining is limited to a small area, it's likely there is only one leak.  Several stains can be an indication that many areas of the roof are in need of repair.  
  • Now that you've investigated the inside of your building, your next step is to examine the roofing tiles.  Many problems are visible from ground level.  However, you must get up on the roof to make sure you are able to see potential problems with less difficulty.  Keep in mind that the slightest imperfection can be the cause of the problem.  You will be looking for tiles that are broken, missing from the roof, or not securely in place.  Once you've found the culprit you'll be able to move to the next step.  

Assess The Damage Caused By The Leak

Not all roof leaks cause damages.  However, if a leak has gone unnoticed for some time, it's probable that damage has occurred.  There are several places you must look to assess for water damage. 

  • Your ceiling and walls will be the most obvious place for you to notice damage.  Again, if your ceilings and walls are damaged, you would see a brownish colored stain.  If the roof has been leaking recently, the stained area might be slightly damp to the touch.     
  • Go into your crawl space and look up to check the wooden roof frame under and around the area of concern.  You will be looking to see if the wood appears to have water damage.  If the wood has been compromised, it's possible for it to break apart just by pushing on it.    
  • While you are still in your crawl space look down to check for any water damage that may have been caused to the wood framing located above the ceiling.

It's unfortunate, but not all areas of your building are easily accessible.  If this is the case, you must get up on the roof to check for damage.  Pull up several of the tiles in the area you have pinpointed.  You will be looking for damage to the wood.  It's more work, but a necessary step to properly fix the problem.  

Complete The Repairs

Now that you've located the cause of the leaky roof, it's time to complete the repair work.  Be very thorough to ensure the job is done correctly.     

  • Damaged sections of the ceiling and wallboard must be cut out and replaced in order to be completely free of mold.  
  • All rotting wood must be replaced in order for the structure of the home to be strong and safe.  
  • And lastly, the roofing tile needs to be secured tightly down in order to help prevent future leaks.  

 Get your project started today.  You'll be glad you did.