You have a Leaking Roof! What Do You Do?

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So it’s raining outside… And inside, too?! Yes, unfortunately, you have a leaking roof.

Other not-so-obvious signs of a leaking roof are bulges or discoloration in your ceiling. It’s likely that water is pooling on the other side of that bulge or dark spot. You’ve got to take immediate action.

Contain the Leak and Prevent any Further Damage

Put a bucket, trash can, or some other container under the site of the drip or suspected leak. Note: Consider propping up a board inside the container so the drips hit the board and not the accumulated water. This will prevent the repetitive and annoying dripping sound.

Now, get a screwdriver, and locate the center of the bulge where water is accumulating and puncture it right in the middle. Though it might seem counterintuitive to punch a hole in your ceiling to stop a leak, the new hole will allow the water to drain smoothly and relieve pressure on the rest of your ceiling. If water accumulates and pools, the entire ceiling could collapse. The general rule with ceilings is that smaller holes are easier to fix than big ones.

Call a Professional

The problem is identified and contained. Well done! This is normally where you call a roofing contractor. But you changed the oil in your El Camino last weekend after just watching a few videos on YouTube, so you can do it yourself, right?

Unless you really know what you’re doing, this isn’t a DIY project. Given the expense and catastrophic damage that could result from shoddy work, we recommend you hire someone well experienced, like Point Roofing in Boise, Idaho, to handle your leaking roof.


Next Step, Rely on Your Experienced Roofing Contractor.

When your roofer comes to inspect and give you an estimate, keep your antenna up for common red flags. Anyone will first check out the original roof leak — and your nifty screwdriver hole. It’s what they do next that counts.

An experienced roofing professional will inspect your roof both from the exterior of the roof itself as well as the inside of your home, typically the attic. Inspecting the underside of the roof sheeting can show signs of water damage, however it is not a fool-proof method so inspecting the roof for damage is needed as well.

It’s impossible to exaggerate how important it is to act quickly when it comes to a leaking roof – the clock is ticking. Leaking roofs never fix themselves or get better on their own. By letting 24 hours turn into 48 hours, you’re increasing the likelihood that what could have been a manageable problem might result in catastrophic structural damage or mold contamination. While mold might not sound like a menace, its worst variations can kill you. At the very best, it’s gross and unsightly.

The leak isn’t bad — yet. Get it fixed now!

If you do spot of any of these problems, contact an experienced roofing professional, like Point Roofing. Not only can we perform the proper roofing repair, we can also help you take steps to prevent these problems in the future.

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