What Should I Do If My Roof Is Leaking?

What Should I Do If My Roof Is Leaking?

Roofing Care and Repair Tips for Your Maryland Home

Some roof leaks are obvious. Water has found an access point and is steadily entering your living space, leaving you to quickly google: what should I do if my roof is leaking?

Other leaks, however, are a little sneakier. Before we dive into how to handle an immediate, obvious water intrusion, here a few less obvious warning signs to watch out for:

  • Damaged shingles
  • Shingles that are shedding granules
  • Faint dripping sounds in the attic of your home
  • Loose or cracking caulk around windows
  • Compromised or missing flashing
  • Damaged siding

The very best thing you can do for your home is invest in routine roof inspections. A professional can knowledgeably navigate common problem areas, helping you to avoid the financial and mental stress of an often avoidable roof leak.

Now, let’s switch gears and assume you have an active (not potential) leak on your hands. What should you do?

My Roof Is Leaking! What Should I Do?

  1. Do you see a widening circle of telltale darkness on your ceiling? Believe it or not, you should poke a small hole in the center with a screwdriver. The material is already beyond repair at that point anyway, and allowing a place of escape for the water will prevent it from expanding along the ceiling.
  2. Contain it! Put a bucket under the entrance point (yes, we have served homeowners who didn’t think to complete this step).
  3. Turn on a fan to help keep air circulating and the space as dry as possible.
  4. Call a professional for emergency roofing services.

Where Is Your Roof Leak Coming From?

There’s a reason why our final step above is to call a professional roofer rather than “identify the source of the leak and repair it.” This kind of detective work requires experience and expertise. There can often be a great distance between where the leak is entering your living room and where it’s actually entering your home; it’s not a matter of simply looking up and seeing a hole (if it is, you have a major problem on your hands that likely involved a small meteor).

You can certainly look in your attic, if you have access, and see if you can identify the culprit. More than likely, however, a complete remediation will require the help of an experienced, professional roofer.

Do You Need Emergency Roof Repair Services in Maryland?

If so, get your bucket in place and then contact us at RoofPRO! It would be our pleasure to serve you, helping to minimize, correct, and then avoid any further damage and inconvenience.

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