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Leaky Roof: What to Do If Your Roof Starts Leaking

All the news about hurricanes, floods, and tropical storm damage across the country likely has you thinking about your own emergency plan. You've thought about where you'll evacuate to, the things you'll need to pack, and who you'll call. But have you thought about how you might deal with a leaky roof? Whether your roof starts to leak because of a tropical storm, or if the leak seemingly comes out of nowhere, it's important to have a plan of action. In this post, we'll tell you how to deal with a leaking roof, the risks associated with it, and even the potential causes of leaks. We'll also let you know where you can find reliable emergency roofing repair services that can help you as soon as you notice the leak. Read on to learn more about why it's so important to prepare for a leaky roof.

Know the Risks of a Leaky Roof

Let's first talk about why knowing what to do if your roof is leaking is so important. A leaky roof can do a lot more damage than most homeowners are aware of. First, it can become a serious slip and fall risk, in addition to damaging your personal property, furniture, and flooring. Especially if you have young children or older residents in your home, a hidden puddle on the floor can turn into a medical disaster. If the leak takes place near electrical wiring, it can quickly become a fire hazard. You'll also potentially expose yourself and your family members to mold and mildew. This can aggravate allergies, make you feel sick, and even make it hard to breathe. A leaky roof can also cause your energy bills to skyrocket. This is because the water damages the insulation in your walls and attic, meaning your HVAC units will need to work harder to keep your home hot or cold. Of course, the biggest risk of a leaky roof is the damage to the overall structural integrity of your home. If left untreated for too long, it could even cause your ceilings or roof to collapse.

Potential Causes of a Leaky Roof

It can be tough to pin down exactly what causes a leaky roof on your own. In some cases, the main issue could be the age of your roof. An unexpected severe storm is, of course, another huge reason for leaks and damage. Other times, however, cracks in the flashing, improperly sealed valleys, or even broken and missing shingles cause a leak in the roof. A leak might even be caused by clogged gutters, an ice dam, or a small leak that's gotten out of control. A cracked chimney or cracks in the vent booting could also be to blame. But, what if you're dealing with an emergency roof leak? At the moment, it's less important how the leak happened and more important that you get it taken care of as quickly as possible.

What to Do If Your Roof Is Leaking

The best thing to do when you're faced with a leaky roof is to get in touch with an emergency roof repair service (more on that in a moment.) But, while you're making the call and waiting for them to arrive, there are a few things you can do. First, protect your personal property. Grab plastic trash bags and cover all the furniture and objects you can't move. Get as much as you can out of the path of the leak. Don't attempt to unplug or move any electronics. Next, contain as much of the water as is possible. Your ability to do this will depend on the size and scope of the leak, so just do what you can. Put a bucket or tray under the leak. If the water seems to be splashing out of the bucket or container, use a shirt to stop it from splashing out. In addition to the emergency roofing service, now may also be the time to get in touch with your insurance agent. This will depend on the amount of damage you're dealing with -- a roofer can help you to make that assessment more accurately.

Call an Emergency Roofing Service

The best way to handle a leak in your roof is by contacting professional leaking roof repair services as soon as possible. The longer you wait to get help, the more extensive the damage will be. Look for a reliable emergency roofing repair service before disaster strikes, and keep their number in an obvious place. Don't try to fix the leak on your own. In addition to likely missing the true source of the leak, taking a DIY approach to an emergency leak repair could be dangerous. Let the professionals handle it. Don't go up on your roof on your own.

Start Thinking About Emergency Leaking Roof Repair Now

We hope this post has helped you to learn not only the risks and causes of a leaky roof but also the action you'll need to take if it happens to you. Remember, the faster you're able to act, the less long-term damage (and expenses) you'll have to deal with. Make a plan for the worst now, so you'll know what to do if you're faced with a storm or leak. You should also schedule a roof inspection with a member of our team to check the overall health of your roof. Get in touch with us to schedule an inspection, or call our emergency 24/7 hotline to get help with a leak now.

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