Storming? Roof Leaking? How To Prevent Major Damage To Your House

A leaking roof is not too much of a problem if it is not raining or snowing. However, when there is water coming through it, you have more to worry about than just repairing the leak. By the time you see water dripping in your living room, there is already damage to any insulation, beams, and/or drywall the water has been in contact with. While you cannot safely go up on the roof and stop the water from getting into the house, you can minimize the amount of internal damage it does. Here are a few steps to keep the cost of repairs to a minimum.

Find the Leak

The first thing you need to do is to find out where the water is coming into the house. You are going to need to get into the attic, crawl space, or the area under the roof. The water may have traveled along many beams to get to where it is visibly dripping. Once you find where it is coming through the roof, you can figure out a way to divert the water.

Divert the Water

You are going to need some type of collecting receptacle that can have a hose attached to it. This can be something as simple as a gallon jug that has the bottom cut off with a hose duct taped to the mouth. Run the hose from the jug to a window or vent to let the water flow to the outside. Make or rig some type of stand to hold the jug while keeping the hose from kinking.

Release Any Trapped Water

Now that the water is no longer collecting in the ceiling, you need to get rid of any that is there. Go to the place where the drip is and climb a step stool so you can touch the ceiling. Feel along until you notice any type of bulge. Using a sharp knife, punch a hole in the ceiling. Be prepared to have a lot of water pour down from the hole. This will prevent the water from spreading and damaging more of the ceiling material.

While this will not stop the leak, it will keep the water damage to a minimum. You need to contact a roofing repair company to come and fix the problem once the storm is finished. Until then, it is a good idea to keep the diverting jug and hose in place in case of any more rain. 

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