Rain and a Leaking Roof
While storm season is still a few months away, it is never too soon to check your home for any potential roof leaks. Roof leaking, in general, is tough to sometimes identify and only exacerbated during heavy rains. While many homeowners may not find their roof leaking until during a storm, there are actually many things you can do to help prevent further damage.
Before the weather gets bad, though, it’s important to schedule an inspection and have a reputable roofing company come out to inspect your roof. Contact RoofCrafters today, 912-920-4147, about a roof inspection to prevent a leaking roof in the Georgia, South Carolina & Florida, GA area.
Is My Roof Leaking?
Often, during heavy rains, homeowners will find a part of their roof leaking. It can feel like there is nothing to do in those moments, but there is actually quite a bit homeowners can do to prevent further damage from happening. But first, it’s important to understand the issue of how can you tell if your roof is leaking:
- Water stain: Water stains can sometimes be difficult to identify, but generally, you want to look for brown or dark spots, bubbled ceiling/walls, moisture, and such.
- Dripping: Sometimes leaks can be apparent through a drip occurring. It may not happen often, but if you hear a leak and start to see moisture or water stains, a leak may be present.
- Growths: If you are noticing mossy areas on the exterior walls, it may not be an issue with your roof, but your gutters and downspout. The gutters and downspouts help drain water away from the roof, and if they are damaged or clogged, can cause bigger problems.
- Missing/Damaged shingles: Shingles damaged by wind or hail, and not fixed or replaced, can be the cause of a leaking roof.
Why Does My Roof Leak?
Once it’s been determined that your roof is leaking, it’s important to then understand what is causing the leak. A leaking roof from rain storms is rarely as simple as it may seem. There are a number of reasons your roof may be leaking.
Reasons for a leaking roof:
- Storm damage
- Missing/damaged shingles
- Improperly installed roof
A leaking roof can be due to a variety of things, but typically storm damage and aging are the most common reasons. It’s important to address roof leaks as quickly as possible. Failure to do so can lead to mold, water damage, rotting wood, and more. You would want to repair a slab leak as soon as possible and the same should be true of a leaking roof in the Georgia, South Carolina & Florida, GA area.
How to Temporarily Fix a Leaking Roof
As said before, many homeowners find leaks during a rain storm and feel there is nothing that can be done and that is not the case. In fact, there are several steps homeowners can take to patch a leak until the storm passes and a professional roofer can come out to repair the issue. As a note, always do any repairs after it has stopped raining to avoid injuring yourself and others.
The most important thing is to dry the area as much as possible and to be safe. With a bucket and a sponge, go through the wet or moist area, and soak up as much water as possible.
Next, to start alleviating a rooftop leaking issue, you’ll to install a piece of plywood under the leak. This will help give structure to the area, in case there is warping, bubbling or dipping due to water damage.
After you’ve secured plywood under the leaking area, you will want to use a tarp over the damaged area. All you need to do is measure the damaged area and cut your tarp to adequately cover the damage. Secure the tarp with 2×4 that is either nailed or stapled down, but make sure the nails/staples are not so long they puncture the roof further. You can also install a sheet of plywood on the interior of your home to help prevent further damage.
Temporarily Fix a Rooftop Leaking:
- Dry the affected area
- Nail or staple a piece of plywood under the leak
- Measure the damaged area and cover with adequately cut tarp
- Nail or staple tarp down with 2×4
Temporary fixes for leaks are only good until a roofer can come out to properly repair your roof. Make sure to call a roofer as soon as you notice a leak to inspect your roof and prevent further damage to your home and roof.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is a leaking roof an emergency?
It is not an emergency if the ceiling does not appear to be bowing or dipping. That being said, leaks can become an emergency during heavy rains. It’s important to take preventative measures when a leak is noticed and call a roofer as soon as possible to repair the leaking roof.
Is a roof leak covered by insurance?
Leaking roofs caused by covered perils, such as wind and hail damage or a tree limb damaging the roof, are covered by insurance. General wear and tear are not.
Is a leaking ceiling dangerous?
It depends on the severity of the leak. There is a general correlation between a leaking roof and mold, which can be dangerous to the health of your family. Unchecked leaks can also lead to water damage to your ceiling and roof, which are costly to repair.
Whatever the cause is, a leaking roof should never be ignored or overlooked. Contact RoofCrafters at, 912-920-4147, for help with a leaking roof in the Georgia, South Carolina & Florida, GA area.