What Do I Do When My Roof is Leaking?
No one ever wants to experience finding water leaking from their ceiling. It is a nightmare of a situation that will only get worse with time and cause more damage. So if you find yourself in such a situation you might ask what do I do when my roof is leaking? With the expert guidance from Roof Right, a roofing company in Hampstead, Maryland, we can walk you through the next steps.
Contain the Leak
If you find water dripping from a bulge or discoloration in your ceiling, it’s likely that water is pooling on the other side of that bulge or dark spot. Grab a bucket, trash can, or some other container and place it under the site of the drip or suspected leak. You may even want to consider propping up a board inside the container so the drips hit the board and not the accumulated water. This will help to minimize that all too annoying dripping sound.
Next, take an old screwdriver, locate the center of the bulge where water is accumulating and puncture it right in the middle. Though it might seem counterintuitive to punch a hole in your ceiling to stop a leak, the new hole will allow the water to drain smoothly and relieve pressure on the rest of your ceiling. If the water pools, the whole ceiling could collapse.
Dangers of Waiting
It is important to act quickly when it comes to a roof leak. Leaky roofs never fix themselves or get better overnight. Even if the leak isn’t that bad, you should get it fixed now. Avoidance and ignoring will not fix a leak in your roof. Many times by the time you notice damage it is already too late. The National Roofing Contractors Association recommends inspecting your roof twice a year, in the fall and spring. You should look for these things when inspecting:
On the inside: dark spots, spots where outside light shines through, and sagging.
On the outside: missing, warped, rotting, peeling, broken, blistering, or buckling shingles. Clogged or slow draining gutters/downspouts, loose material or wear around chimneys or vents.
If your roof is fewer than 15 years old, it can probably be spot-repaired rather than needing a total replacement. Just remember a small leak will not go away, only get worse.
About Roof Right
At Roof Right we have realized customer service and trust are poorly lacking in the roofing industry. That is why our roofing company takes pride in our exceptional service which includes showing up when we say we will, providing a thorough 17-point inspection, listening to you so we can make a quick and thorough diagnosis of your roofing problem, and cleaning up after ourselves as we work. In addition to offering residential roofing services and roof repairs in Maryland. Roof Right is proud to offer the following services:
Roofing & Gutter Maintenance – Your roof, just like your car, should get routine inspections. Your roof gets more abuse from the elements than any other part of your home and preventative maintenance is a key element to
Skylights & Solatubes – Brighten your home with natural sunlight with skylights &
Gutters – Installing a new seamless gutter system is one of the most critical aspects of all home repairs. Improving the drainage around the home can have a significant impact on the stability of the foundation and the life of your home. Roof Right installs gutters and gutter guards that will efficiently channel water away from your home. Learn more about gutters.
Siding – Looking to add curb appeal along with improving your homes energy efficiency? No paint. No stain. No hassles. Vinyl siding delivers strength, durability, and beauty of real wood with a variety of design options and multiple color options. Based on an average size home, repainting can cost thousands of dollars every few years. Vinyl siding never needs painting, caulking or patching because, unlike wood, it won’t crack, peel, rot or split. Roof Right carries siding from the best manufacturers in the industry, including Mastic, CertainTeed, James Hardie. Learn more about siding.
Windows – Reduce your energy bills & increase the curb appeal of your home with energy efficient windows installed by Roof Right! There are hundreds of vinyl window brands on the market today – but they are not all created equal. Many ordinary vinyl windows are designed only for low cost, not for value. We install top-of-the-line, energy efficient windows for long-lasting great looks. We carry a wide selection of energy efficient products from trusted manufacturers. Learn more about windows.
Doors – Roof Right and ProVia® are dedicated to making entry doors the professional way. ProVia entry doors are energy efficient, built to quality standards and gives you many choices to entry-level doors that are sold through box stores. Roof Right installers have attended entry systems and storm door training with ProVia®. We have software that will allow you to build your new entry door on our computer so you can see the many different options and price ranges available. ProVia® builds
Decks & Patios – We can help you design a deck for your home that can bring you many years of enjoyment and improve your home’s value. Let us guide you through the design and construction of your dream deck. From designing the deck for your needs and