Drip, drip…ugh! No one wants to find a leak in the ceiling…not ever. But when a leak appears, it is important to take immediate action to minimize any potential damage that could result from excess water. The professional roofing specialists at Performance Roofing offer tips on what to do should your roof start to leak.
Contain the Leak. If you notice water dripping or discoloration in your ceiling, run (don’t walk!) and grab a bucket, trash can, or other container and place it under the site of the drip or suspected leak. This will protect furniture, your floors, or anything close to the leaky area. *Pro Tip: To minimize the sound of repetitive drips, prop a board inside the container so the drip hits the board and not the accumulated water.
Relieve Water Pressure. If the water in your ceiling creates a bulge, take a screwdriver, and puncture a small hole in the center or lowest point of the bulge. Make sure to have a bucket underneath! This will allow the water to drain smoothly and relieve pressure on the rest of your ceiling, thus preventing it from collapsing. Pro Tip: It may take more than one puncture from the screwdriver to relieve the water pressure collecting in the ceiling.
Tarp the Roof. Whether there’s a contractor delay or a financial constraint, a roof repair or replacement may not happen immediately. If this is the case, cover the leaky area of your roof (at least four feet of area and up to the peak) with a tarp that is at least six millimeters thick. Unless you’re sure that you are replacing the roof, DO NOT fasten the tarp through the old roofing system as you will create more damage. Secure the tarp with sandbags or other similar objects rather than putting holes in the existing roof. Pro Tip: If the peak is far from the leak, tuck the tarp under the shingles, so the water doesn’t go beneath the tarp.
Call a Professional Roofing Company. We know you have some serious DIY skills, but a leaky roof is a big undertaking to tackle! To properly repair your roof and to stop the leak, consider contacting a professional roofing company such as Performance Roofing in Orlando, FL. Don’t delay because the longer you wait, the bigger (and more costly!) the problem! Pro Tip: When you call a professional roofing company, the entire roof (not just the area in question) will be inspected for potential leaks and problem areas.
Leaky roof? Contact Performance Roofing – Orlando’s Top Roofing Specialist!
If you suspect that your roof is leaking, to prevent further damage to your home, it is critical to take immediate action! The experienced team of roofing specialists at Performance Roofing will inspect your roof to find the source of the leak and provide an estimate for a reliable repair or replacement. To learn more about our residential and multi-family roofing services, please call us at (404) 783-8646 to schedule a FREE inspection.