Roof repairs are some of the most expensive repairs one can perform on a home, which is why so many homeowners are very concerned when they have a roof leak. Besides being hard to locate, roof leaks can cause a lot of interior damage if left untreated. If you think you might have a roof leak, Maycon Construction Services in Huntington, WV, can help. Give us a call at (304) 208-8978.
One of the most frustrating aspects is that there are so many factors that can lead to a roof leak. These include the age of the roof, a storm, pests, tree damage, or poor roofing construction and materials.
Whatever the cause of the leak, it needs to be fixed, and fast. If it’s the middle of a storm, you aren’t going to do that from the outside, so this guide will teach you how to fix a leaking roof from the inside.
Locating the Leak
The most challenging part of fixing a leak from inside the house could be locating that leak in the first place. In many cases, the first you’ll know of the leak will be when you see staining on your ceiling. But that could be just a small part because it’s not unusual for a roof leak to cause pooling of water in the ceiling for long before anyone notices.
If you have staining or bulging from water in your ceiling, the first step is to remove the water carefully. Because there could be a large volume of water trapped in the ceiling, you should begin by piercing the ceiling with a small hole to allow the moisture to escape.
After draining the water, you can go to the attic to locate the leak’s true source. This is where things can get challenging.
The first consideration is to make sure you stay safe and don’t cause additional damage. Only step on the supports, not between them, because the ceiling could be weak from the water. Unless the attic is well lit, bring a flashlight along and use it to follow the water trail to its source.
There’s your leak!
Fixing the Leak from inside the Attic
After you locate the leak, you can get ready to patch it up until a professional can get there to repair the hole permanently. There are plenty of materials that will do the trick. Often, you’ll hear the recommendation to use roofing tar and an extra shingle, but honestly, who’s got that sitting around? Some caulk and a piece of wood would work just as well. If you have nothing at hand, make a quick trip to the local Home Depot or hardware store and pick up some adhesive and wood or a single shingle.
Once you’re ready to go, spread whatever you’ve got as an adhesive around the leak and then hold the patch in place until it stays. Then cover the patch’s edges with adhesive to entirely block the water and keep the patch in place. If you need emergency roof repair services, contact Maycon Construction Services today!
If the Leak is Out of Reach
It might be you don’t have access to your attic. Or maybe you’ve failed to find the leak. If that’s the case, you’ll have to tackle the job from outside as soon as possible. Plastic sheets or a tarp on the roof, weighted down with whatever you have to hand that won’t roll off the roof, should do the trick.
But don’t do this until the rain stops and the roof is dry. A wet roof is a slippery and dangerous place, even for professionals.
Up on the Roof
If you choose to get up on the roof, make sure you have someone to hold your ladder steady and hand materials up to you as needed. And remember, this is just a temporary solution. You’ll need to get a professional out to fix the leak as soon as possible.
But before you even begin trying to fix the leak, do yourself a favor and call (304) 208-8978. That number will connect you directly to Maycon Construction Services in Huntington, WV. We’re a contractor you can trust to fix your leak or tackle any outside construction project with professionalism and fair prices.