What To Do If Your Roof Begins To Leak

As a homeowner, one of the most daunting and potentially damaging problems you can face is a leaky roof. A leaking roof can cause damage to your property, lead to expensive repairs, and even threaten the safety of you and your family. Therefore, it is important to identify and address the issue as soon as possible. Let’s explore what you should do if your roof begins to leak or if you suspect a roof leak. 

Sad young woman talking on smartphone and holding umbrella in bedroom due to roof leak

Identify the Leak

The first step in dealing with a leaky roof is identifying where the leak is coming from. This may seem like a daunting task, but it is essential to determine the location of the leak in order to address it properly. Here are some signs that may indicate a roof leak:

  • Water stains on ceilings or walls
  • Dripping water or puddles on the floor
  • Mold or mildew growth
  • Wet insulation in the attic
  • Missing or damaged shingles or tiles on the roof

Once you have identified the area of the roof where the leak is coming from, mark the area so you can find it easily later.

Roof leak, water-damaged ceiling, close-up of a stain on the ceiling

Catch Water in a Container

While you work on fixing the leak, it is important to catch as much water as possible to prevent further damage to your property. Place a container under the leak to catch any water that is coming through the ceiling. You may need to move the container as it fills up with water. If the water is coming through the ceiling too quickly for a container to catch it, use towels or a mop to soak up the water and wring it out in a bucket or sink.

Tarp the Roof

Once you have identified the leak and caught the water, the next step is to temporarily patch the roof to prevent further water damage. Cover the area of the roof where the leak is with a tarp or plastic sheeting. Make sure the tarp is securely fastened to the roof to prevent wind from blowing it off. If you are unable to reach the roof safely or are unsure how to properly tarp the roof, it is best to leave this step to the professionals.

Large orange bucket catching water from a roof leak in an office building

Call in the Professionals

While you can take steps to temporarily address a leaky roof, it is important to call in the professionals to properly fix the problem right away. Roofing repairs can be dangerous and require specialized skills and equipment. A professional roofing contractor will be able to assess the extent of the damage, identify the cause of the leak, and repair the roof to prevent future leaks.

Document Everything for Insurance

It is important to document the damage caused by the leak for insurance purposes. Take photos of the damage to your property, including any water stains, mold growth, or damage to personal belongings. Keep a record of any repairs that are made and the cost of those repairs. Contact your insurance company as soon as possible to report the damage and provide them with any documentation they may require.

Hammersmith Roofing employees working on a roof repair in Richmond, VA
A leaky roof can be a stressful and damaging problem for homeowners. However, by following these steps, you can minimize the damage caused by the leak and ensure that your home is properly repaired. Remember, it is always best to leave roofing repairs to the professionals to ensure the safety of yourself and your family.

If you have a roof leak, or suspect you may have one, reach out to us here at Hammersmith Roofing. We’ve been working on roofs for residential and commercial customers in the greater Richmond, VA area for years. Our experts will come out to inspect, assess, and offer an effective solution. We’ll bring your roof back to good-as-new condition – and we’ll match your current shingles perfectly. Our goal is to get your roof back in tip-top shape and help it last as long as possible.