A leaky roof is not just a nuisance, it can lead to considerable damage to the interior of your home. Therefore, taking care of the leak as soon as possible is important. If you cannot call in a contractor to repair the leak for a few days, you need to focus on minimizing the potential for the leak to cause damage. Here is what you need to know about leaks and containing them.
What Is Causing the Leak?
Before you can take action to contain the leak, you need to determine what is causing it. There are several reasons that a roof could leak, including plumbing problems. For instance, worn rubber fittings around the plumbing vent pipes could cause a leak.
The leaking can also result from problems with the flashing. The flashing is the metal sheets that covers the seams on your roof. Over time, the flashing can start to corrode. When this happens, the roof is vulnerable to water and other environmental elements.
Your shingles are considered to be the top defense your roof has against water, but when they are not in good condition, water can get under them and leak into your home. Even if the shingles are in good condition, if the nails on them are not nailed all the way down, they can raise enough to allow in water.
Other issues that can lead to leaking include the development of ice dams, an unsealed skylight, and your chimney.
Where Is the Leak?
When you look up at the ceiling of your home, you are not necessarily getting an idea of the exact location of the leak. Depending on the cause of the leak and where on the roof it starts, it is possible that the water has trickled down or spread to other areas. The resulting water stains you notice on the ceiling could be a leak that is feet away from the actual starting point.
To determine the exact location of the leak, you can ask a friend to watch the ceiling from inside your attic while you spray the roof with a water hose. As you spray the roof, start at the top and slowly work your way down. Once the leak is located, you can work on containing it.
You can go for the simple fix of placing buckets or other containers directly under the leak. If the leak is because of the shingles, you can apply roof cement to the location of the leak as a temporary measure. If you have a tarp available, you can use one over the location.
Call in a residential roofing contractor as soon as making the repair is financially possible.