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Is a leaking roof an emergency?

Well, here we are at the start of Fall, the second rainiest part of the year. The summer took its toll on the budget with pandemic lockdown and no work. Now the holidays are upon us, and money is tight. Now the roof is leaking! Not to fear, we’re going to discuss emergency roofing repairs in this article. Perhaps it will last long enough until your budget is ready for a new roof. 

Yes! Regardless the size of the leak, a leak is bad news and needs immediate attention. What is small today will be bigger tomorrow, bigger the next day, and keep getting bigger until you have a full major emergency roofing problem. 

Aside from the cost of a new roof, the possible water damage can be astronomical, especially with a leaking roof and mold. Once mold gets inside your home, it will keep growing until you have even bigger problems than emergency roofing. Often, small roof repairs are enough preventive maintenance to stave off roof replacement. 

What should you do if your roof is leaking?          

The minute you realize you have an emergency roof leak, or even a small roof leak, you need to act then. The importance of that prompt action will make all the difference in how much damage will happen. Ignoring a leaking roof and homeowners’ insurance are going to clash, and you won’t come out the winner. Insurance companies view emergency roofing leak to be a homeowner’s responsibility to take care of at that very moment until a professional can get there. Here we offer four steps to take in case of an emergency roofing leak. 

  • Step One Contain the Leak: Place towels or anything absorbent on the floor under the leak and a container on top of that. You want something that catches the water. 
  • Step Two Relieve the Pressure: If the leak has not broken through the ceiling yet, poke a hole in the bubble so that the water can drain into the container you placed under it. This will stop the water from pooling up and tearing more of the ceiling out. 
  • Step Three Find the Source: Roof leaks are funny in the fact that where you see it coming in is not where it is coming from. You’ll need to go into the attic with a flashlight to find the point of entry. Look for obvious signs of holes and wet areas. If you aren’t finding anything visible, find where it is going into your house, the attic floor, and follow the drip (or pouring). 
  • Step Four Temporary Repair: If you’re able to get on the roof safely, take a tarp, some 2x4s, nails and nail the tarp down over the leak. If you’re not able to climb the roof safely, and this is the preferred recommendation, call a roofing professional. 

Can leaking roof cause mold?

Absolutely and fast!  Any kind or size of water leak that isn’t fixed promptly will cause mildew and mold, and it happens fast!  In the right conditions, meaning wet and wetter, mold can start growing within twenty-four hours and spreading within forty-eight hours. 

When it comes to mold and non-roofing or emergency roofing leaks, most of us are unfamiliar with the extent that emergency roofing leak can do to their home. A roof leak of any size and type will cause expensive water damage. 

How do you repair a water damaged ceiling?

You survived the emergency roofing leak and now you have the resulting damage to handle. That water stained ceiling is pretty ugly and it is also unsafe as water damage can degrade the ceiling’s integrity. So, the sooner you get this taken care of, the better. 

  • Remove the damaged materials: Prepare the area with a tarp on the floor to catch the mess. Then put on goggles and gloves for your safety.  Now, pull stained and water damaged ceiling material out and allow the area to thoroughly dry. This may take a day or two, depending on the how damp the house is, but you can expedite the drying by placing a fan on the area. 
  • Check for mold: As you’re pulling out the damaged drywall and after it has dried, look for mildew and mold. This needs to be removed and treated before going to the next step. If you don’t get it now, it will keep growing and spreading. 
  • Replace the drywall: If the area of the ceiling is just water stained, cut the damaged part out and insert sized drywall there. If it is a larger area, you may need to put in new 2×4 boards and then the drywall. Use drywall tape and bed process. 

Of course, if you aren’t handy with tools, ladders, and drywall, you can call a professional contractor. Your roofing contractor may do this work or they may network with another contractor that does drywall. 

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What are the signs of a bad roof?

If you notice any of the following ten things happening, it is time to call a roofing contractor. They can quote you on repairs or replacement and help you decide which is the better way for your home and your budget. 

  • LOSE OR MISSING SHINGLES: This could be from age or storm damage, but when the shingles start coming off, your home is no longer fully protected.  
  • BLISTERING, BUBBLING, CRACKING, CURLING SHINGLES: If your shingles are doing any of these things, they are done and ready to be replaced! 
  • A SAGGING ROOF: This could be a roof that is deteriorating and has become weak. Or it could be the roof was installed wrong. Either way, you have a possible collapsing roof and that is going to lead to an emergency roofing leak soon. 
  • DARK AND DIRTY ROOF: Those darker areas on your roof could just be dirt, or it could be worn out shingles. A professional roof inspection will determine this for you and give you a quote for the replacement. If it is dirty with algae and moss, you need to get it cleaned promptly. That algae is eating away at your shingles and if it left there, you’ll have an emergency roofing leak soon. 
  • GUTTERS FILLED WITH GRANULES: As shingles age, they lose their granules and fill up the gutters. When you see an excessive number of granules in your gutters and downspouts, time for a new roof. 
  • EXPOSED OR LOOSE NAILS: When the nails start popping out or there is a lot of wiggle space, water can penetrate there and that will lead to an emergency roofing leak. 
  • WATER DAMAGE: If you go up in the attic to get the holiday decorations down and see water stains on the attic ceiling or the insulation, you have a small water leak somewhere. Get a professional contractor out for inspection and quote immediately before it turns into an emergency roofing issue. 
  • DAMAGED OR MISSIGN FLASHGIN: That flashing on your roof isn’t just for looks. It is an important part of what keeps you from having an emergency roofing issue. If you notice any of it is loose or missing, call your roofing contractor to replace it now. 
  • AGING ROOF: If your roof has reached its 20th anniversary, it is time to have it replaced simply because old asphalt shingles aren’t as indestructible. They are weak and need to be replaced so that you don’t experience an emergency roofing problem unexpectedly.  
  • HIGHER ENERGY BILLS: If your energy bills are higher than you expected this year, you may need to have your attic insulation increased or replaced and have the roof inspected too. Older shingles aren’t as thick and providing the amount of insulation they should be. 

If you are experiencing a leaking roof new build home, call the contractor that built the house and installed the roof before you call your insurance company. This should be covered under the warranty of the house and not fall under an emergency roofing issue. Call 864-256-1227 today.