What to Do When Your Roof Leaks
roof leaks

Do you have a leak in your roof that is causing problems? Are you noticing discoloration on the ceiling even when there hasn’t been a rainstorm recently? A leaking roof can be a very serious issue when left unresolved. When it comes to water damage, sometimes the most severe damage can start as a seemingly insignificant roof leak that may have gone unnoticed. Fortunately, the roofing experts here at General Roofing Co. are here to walk you through what to do when your roof leaks.

#1 – Don’t Wait!

Water damage caused by a leaking roof can only get worse with time. If you notice the signs of a roof leak (water pooling on the roof, yellow/brown spots on the ceiling, soft and spongy drywall) then you need to act quickly to prevent the issue from getting worse.

#2 – Contain the Water

If water is actively leaking from your roof, the first thing you need to do is contain the water. Grab a bucket (or several buckets) and place them under the leak to prevent that water from pooling inside the building. If you have attic access, then you will need to place the buckets in there to prevent water damage from affecting the ceiling of your home.

#3 – Tarp the Roof

It is recommended that you have a professional who is licensed and bonded to tarp your roof to prevent suffering any accidental injuries by climbing on your roof. That being said, placing a tarp on your roof can help prevent leaks and water damage in between the time that you recognize that you have a leak and when the repairs can be completed. Without a tarp, your roof may be vulnerable to the elements.

#4 – Take Photos for Insurance Documentation

If you have homeowner’s insurance, you will need to document the leak for evidence when filing a claim. Be sure to take plenty of photos from inside and outside to document the leak and the extent of the damage.

#5 – Call a Licensed and Insured Roofing Company

Finally, you should call a professional roof repair company. Professional roofers will have the experience to properly repair your roof to prevent further water damage. Professional roofers are licensed and insured to work on repairs around your home. This is important because, in the event that there is any secondary damage to your home or injuries while repairing the roof, you as the homeowner will not be liable. This will guarantee that the job gets done correctly — the first time.

To speak with a professional roof repair company today, call General Roofing Co. in East Bay. Our team of experienced roofing professionals can help answer any questions that you may have about repairing a leaky roof 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! Call (510) 536-3356 today.