My Attic has a Leak, Now What?

Steps to Manage a Leaky Attic

Recently, rain has been a daily occurrence in South Central Pennsylvania and Northern Maryland. While many of us welcome the rain, it is also the most common time for homeowners to discover they have a leak in their attic. If you notice a spot on your ceiling or see signs of water leaking into your attic, it is best to contact a roofing professional to conduct a thorough inspection and determine if you need a roof repair or a full roof replacement.

Depending on the time of day or how busy local roofers are, you may need to take steps to contain the leak until they arrive. Here are four tips you can take when an attic leak occurs in your home.

Minimize damage to your home.

This step is especially important if the water is leaking into your home through the ceiling. Gather supplies including buckets, tarps, and large blankets. Cover or move furniture in the area with a leak to keep the water from damaging it and minimize the risk of mold or mildew. Place tarps on the floor and set buckets under the leak to catch the water and avoid flooding and slips or falls. If the ceiling is bulging, it may be beneficial to create a small hole in the ceiling offering relief and allowing the pooled water to escape without collapsing the entire ceiling.

Find where the leak is occurring.

Once you have secured the impacted area, you can set out to find the leak’s location. Start by checking the attic. Be careful navigating the area. If your ceiling has signs of a leak, the plywood in your attic may be soft and dangerous to step on. Only check the roof if it is dry outside and if you have an additional person assisting you with the ladder.

Find a temporary solution.

Once you locate the leak, consider temporary solutions to keep stop or minimize the leak if it is safe. Securing a tarp on your roof or using roofing cement is often acceptable temporary fixes until a professional roofer arrives to assist you.

Check the area.

Depending on how long you have to wait for help, it is essential that you continue to check the leak starting point as well as any areas water is dripping into your home. Empty buckets, move more furniture, any tarps or temporary solutions until help arrives to eliminate flooding and water inside your home.

When it comes to repairing a leaking roof, hiring a professional roofing company to assess the damage is the best decision a homeowner can make. In addition to the above steps, it is also essential that you contact your insurance company to report the claim immediately. If you have questions about a roof leak, contact Bealing Roofing & Exteriors today.