What to do when you discover a roof leak

Welcome to Florida. There will be rain this week, and the next, and the next. With so much rain comes a greater chance for a roof leak. If you discover a roof leak in your home or business building, it’s too late to perform roof maintenance. You’ll need a repair, as soon as possible otherwise you risk your valuable property being damaged. Get on your phone and call Stratus Roofing.

But what next? You don’t have to sit and wait while the roofing contractor comes to you. There are some things you can do to prevent the impact of the roof leak by following these quick tips.

  1. Limit interior damage
    Usually, water from a leak will slowly creep into the house and begin to pool in the ceiling. Your ceiling will hold some water for a period of time before penetrating. If it can, the water will find a way an alternate way to get into the house. This can be a light ficture, or vent, from where it will run down the walls and into the interior of the house. The longer the water collects and pools, the more severe will be the water damage. To minimize the damage, find where the water is pooling. Cut a small hole to drain the roof leak and collect the water in a bucket.
  2. Locate the roof leak
    Climb into the attic. Look for the leak. Water will travel to the lowest point to pool, so remember that the leak in the roof may not line up directly above the pool. This will save the roofing contractor time to locate the leak.
  3. Maintain the roof leak until the roofing contractor arrives
    In the meantime, collect the water with a bucket in the attic, so the water does not damage your ceiling. If you happen to have any roofing cement, roofing tape, or a tarp, attempt your own temporary roof leak repair. Roofing tape and cement can be applied from within the attic. If, instead, you are limited to a tarp, and if you feel confident enough to climb onto the roof in the rain, drape the tarp over the leak with room to spare. Please, be careful. We recommend that you cover the leak by four feet on every side. Place heavy boards around the tarp to secure the tarp down.

By following these steps, you can prevent irreparable damage to your property, until Stratus Roofing arrives.