It can happen to anyone and if you own or maintain a building, there’s a likelihood that it will happen at some point in your lifetime. Roofs leak – especially if they have not been maintained or replacement has been put off well past its ‘best before date’.
Rain is usually a blissful event, a gentle spring and autumn rain can cleans away the grime that accumulates over time, giving the world that ‘clean and fresh’ look. That is unless your roof is leaking, and rainy weather is often when roof leaks get discovered. Leaky roofs never fix themselves or get better on their own.
When it’s too late for anything but a plug because the rain is causing interior damage right now the first thing you need to do is get to the phone and get A. Clark Roofing & Siding LP there as soon as possible. But what can you do to temporarily stop the leaks from causing more damage until your Edmonton roofing contractor arrives? To help our Edmonton and St. Albert neighbors answer this question, we’ve pulled together some helpful tips.
First things first – deal with inside the house and contain the leak to minimize any further interior damage – put a bucket, trashcan, or some other container under the site of the drip or suspected leak. In most cases, a leak will slowly pool at the ceiling until it finds an escape route – usually a penetration point like at a light fixture or heat register. To minimize the damage, find the wettest spot or a bulge in the ceiling and poke a small hole in the middle and use a bucket to collect the draining water. If water accumulates and pools, the entire ceiling could collapse, and smaller holes are easier to fix than big ones.
Next step is to locate the point of entry, usually inside your attic, and try to maintain the situation until professional help can arrive. Temporary options for short term and immediate leak repairs include roofing cement, roofing tape or a tarp available for purchase at any home improvement store. Using a tarp to cover the roof is a quick and easy option to control any further leaking until your A. Clark Roofing & Siding LP roofing contractor arrives – however, if you are not comfortable with heights or lack the safety equipment, especially on a wet roof – stay focused on the other methods rather than risking an injury.
Keep in mind when hiring a roofing contractor you want to have a reputable company, someone who is going to stand behind their work like A. Clark Roofing & Siding LP. An experienced roofing professional will inspect your roof both from the exterior of the roof itself as well as the inside of your home.
It’s impossible to exaggerate how important it is to act quickly when it comes to a roof leak, the longer you wait your manageable problem can turn into catastrophic structural damage or mold contamination.
Roof Leak Repairs in Edmonton
Whether you’re replacing a few shingles or fixing a persistent leak, let A. Clark Roofing and Siding LP be your go-to experts on roof repairs in Edmonton and St. Albert. If you have questions about your roof system, or any of our products and services, contact A. Clark Roofing and Siding at 780-465-7571 today.