Apart from the water now running into your home, how do you know your roof is leaking?
This might seem a strange question; however, there are more than a few tell-tale signs that come from a leaking roof, and you’ll be surprised to learn that it’s not all about waiting for the drip!
Signs of a leaking roof
OK, so the most obvious sign of a leaking roof is that you have water dripping in through your ceiling.
If you have found strange drips or moisture in places where it really shouldn’t be, then you need to get it checked asap. Some leaks come and go as they’re affected by the weather; however, don’t let things get too bad before resolving the problem.
Other signs you might have a leak in your roof include:
Water stains appearing.
A big brown-looking damp patch on your ceiling is a pretty good sign that you have a leak….somewhere. Calling in the professionals to take a look and find the leak source is key; it is also cost-effective, resolving the matter before things get worse!
Your outside wall is damp.
This can be due to various factors, your roof and blocked gutters being one of them. Damp outside walls can cause a lot of problems internally if the matter is not dealt with promptly so please make sure to call in the professionals if you notice something untoward.
Not something anyone likes to spend much time thinking about; however, damp is never a good sign and again must be checked to find the source of the problem.
Moss on the outside of your home.
This could mean you have an issue with your drainpipes, guttering, or even your roof’s edging.
Emergency roof repair services – what to do if you have a leak
Sometimes, we have to face facts; a roof leak will more than likely not go away on its own, so the longer we ignore the problem, the more chance that the problem is going to get worse and cause you an even bigger inconvenience.
How to fix a leaking roof from the inside?
No one wants to wake up to a leaking roof or suddenly spot a damp patch on the ceiling.
However, unfortunately, these things happen, and when they do, you need to take swift action to avoid further damage from occurring.
First, you must minimise the damage caused by the leak. Place a bucket directly underneath the leak to catch the water. You can even place a sponge or an old rag in the bucket to stop that annoying drip drip drip noise.
Then, if you have a bubble forming….pop it! Yes, that’s right, you need to release some pressure building up in your ceiling. Using a screwdriver (or a similar tool), carefully pierce a hole into your ceiling, creating a channel for the water to escape into your carefully positioned bucket. Puncturing a hole right in the middle of the bulge will relieve the pressure on the rest of the ceiling, reducing the risk of the entire ceiling collapsing.
Make sure to protect your belongings. Move furniture and all valuable belongings out of harm’s way and cover larger items with waterproof covers to keep them safe.
Find the number of a professional roofer, someone who has experience in all roof leak repairs, and who can fix your roof asap! In some instances, a temporary tarping service may be provided until the weather is better and a more permanent fix can be achieved.
Finding the leak’s cause and the source is essential in ensuring that you get the right part of your roof repaired. A professional roofer will diagnose the problem and offer you the right solution for your roof. Offering you a high-quality service and an exceptionally high standard of work.
Inspecting your roof for leaks!
We would always recommend inspecting your roof inside and out regularly and ideally do this twice a year, Spring and again in the Autumn.
Things to look out for include:
- Dark spots on ceiling/walls
- Sagging in the ceiling
- Missing/broken tiles
- Blocked gutters
- Loose flashing around chimneys and skylights etc.
The more inspections you carry out and how quickly you act in carrying out urgent roof repairs will all help you avoid further structural damage, which can be quite dangerous if left for long periods.
Using a professional roofer and regularly checking and carrying out maintenance on your roof helps ensure your roof continues to perform and last for many years to come!
What to look for in a professional roofer
If you’re looking for emergency roof repairs in Bradford, you need to find someone/a team:
- You can trust
- Who is insured
- Who can provide you with testimonials and recommendations
- Who are local – do they know the area? Are they from around here?
- Who are experienced
- Who are trained/qualified
- Who are competitively priced
- Whose work is guaranteed.
There’s never a good time for your roof to start leaking, but there are things you can do to help minimise the damage, costs and prevent leaks in the future.
If you’re looking for emergency roof repair services Bradford and a professional roofing contractor who can ensure that your roof is fixed right the first time, call our team at roofserve on 01274 974575, we’d be happy to help!