What To Do for a Ceiling Leak

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What To Do for a Ceiling Leak

Imagine this, you wake up in the morning after a thunderstorm, walk into the kitchen, and step into a cold puddle, half dazed you look around for evidence of a glass being knocked over or a ruptured pipe, but that water didn’t come from the sink or a spill. You look up and realize water is coming from your ceiling. This can be a scary situation because you really can’t tell how long your roof has been leaking or how much damage is done to your ceiling and roof. However, there are people trained in helping you with this problem, and giving your home a fighting chance against precipitation. 

Ceiling Leak? Don’t Freak.

Ceiling leaks usually occur because a part of your roof has been damaged or worn out, which can cause holes or fissures that allow water to come into your home instead of away from it. In the case where your ceiling leaks, there is usually no reason for panic, but taking a plan of action to get it fixed quickly is the best thing you can do. Initially, leaks may cause a bit of discoloration, so it won’t seem like a very pressing matter, but eventually, they can cause your ceiling to rot and become unstable which is a much bigger issue. Treating leaks quickly will help preserve your structure and avoid long-term water damage.

Addressing the Leak

The first step to addressing the leak is making sure you are preventing your floors from being damaged, especially if there is a lot of water. Grab a towel and dry the floor up, leaving a bucket under the place where the water is dripping. Then, try to figure out where the leak is coming from. If it is storming, wait for dangerous weather to stop, and please avoid climbing on a wet roof as without proper equipment you can be seriously injured from a slip and fall. If you don’t feel comfortable looking for the origin of the leak, contact your local roofing company, and they will be glad to help.

After you have found the leak, determining the solution is the next step. Some leaks can be easily fixed with a little patch, but depending on your roofing material, and the extent of your leak, this may call for a replacement of a segment or the entirety of your roof. This is why it is better to catch leaks early, to ensure that they do not grow into a larger issue.

Professional Help

One of the most important things to remember when trying to fix your roof regardless of the damage is that if you don’t feel safe, it’s best to call a professional. Fixing roofs especially during rainy or damp conditions can be life-threatening without the right training and equipment, so if you don’t feel comfortable addressing the issue yourself, call the professionals, and they will be glad to help! If you are in need of a roofing professional, and don’t know where to turn for your ceiling leak, contact Tesson Roofing today for a free estimate!