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How to fix a leaking Roof

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Mika, Staff Writer

Tuesday, 25th May 2021

The last thing that anyone needs is a leaking roof. As well as being inconvenient, a leaking roof can also cause significant damage to your property, both structurally and internally. But do you know how to fix a leaking roof?

We’re going to talk you through exactly what you should do if you notice a roof leak, including how to prevent the water from causing further damage while you wait for a professional to perform an emergency roof repair.

Catch the water

First things first, you’ll need to find something to catch the water to limit the internal damage that the leak is causing. This will help to prevent any further internal damage to your property, including damage to your ceilings and furniture.

If it’s safe to do so, climb into your attic and try to see where the leak is coming from. Once you find the source of the leak, you can then place a suitable container underneath the dripping water to help to prevent any further internal damage to your home.

It’s important to remember to empty the container regularly to avoid any overflow – otherwise, you may cause more damage than you prevent!

Create a temporary roof fix

Next, you need to try to create a temporary roof fix to limit the amount of water that is coming into your home. This will help to keep the rain out while you wait for a professional to come and perform an emergency roof repair.

If you managed to identify the source of the leak in the previous step, you now need to attach waterproof material to the inside of your roof, using waterproof tape. For this, you could use a plastic bag or a waterproof sheet. This will help to stem the flow of water coming into your property and further limit the damage that the leak causes.

Although your make-shift roof repair won’t last for long, it should be enough to limit the damage and waterproof your home in the short term. If you need a more substantial fix to last several days, you can also purchase specialist roof patches from a hardware store. However, you’ll still need to arrange for professional roof repair as soon as possible.

Call in the professionals

So, you’ve had a good attempt at patching up your roof to prevent any more water from getting in. But you know your plastic bag won’t last forever, right? The time has now come to call in the professionals.

It’s important to note that you should never attempt to repair a roof yourself. It can be an extremely dangerous job, especially due to the height required, so it’s a job worth leaving to the professionals. Not only that, but attempting to fix your own roof could lead to further damage and an expensive repair bill – and no one wants that!

If you’re looking for a professional Roofer to repair your leaking roof, you can find a trusted local Roofer on Bark. 

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