When the rain starts to fall, it can be relaxing to listen to the sound of raindrops hitting your window; what isn’t relaxing, however, is raining dripping into your home. When your roof starts to leak, you might notice damp patches on your walls or ceiling, and this would lead to water leaking into your home.
A leaking roof can cause structural damage, as well as interior damage to your walls, furniture, wallpaper and more. To minimise damage, we have put together some tips on what you can do when your roof starts to leak.
Contain the Leak
Make sure you limit the amount of water reaching your carpet or floorboards by placing a container, such as a bucket beneath the leak. You will need to empty the container frequently, depending on the size of the leak and the amount of rainfall.
Move Your Belongings
You do not want the leak to damage personal, sentimental or expensive items, so make sure you move any items away from the leak. You never know if the leak might expand before a professional can fix it. If you can cover belongings that you cannot move, this will also help minimise damage.
Cover the Leak
Where possible, without risking your safety, attempt to cover the site of the leak. This means placing a tarpaulin or even a black bag over the leak. This will reduce the amount of water that enters your building in the short term. Ensure you have tapped down any material you use.
Call a Professional
When your roof leaks, you will need to call a professional to make your roof watertight and secure. They will repair the leak to a high standard to ensure that the leak is sealed and repaired. If you can, we advise you to shop around for a quote and go with a roofer who has a good reputation along with positive testimonials.
Dealing With the Aftermath
We have been delivering damp proofing and timber treatments for over twenty years. We specialise in all issues caused by damp, rot, wood-boring pests and condensation. Whether your leaking roof has caused damp to form, or wood borers to make their way into your home, or dry and wet rot appear on your walls; we can help. You can contact us today, and our team of advisors will aim to get back to you within 24 hours.