What to Do If Your Roof is Leaking During Heavy Storm

Were you caught up in the recent storms and flooding in NSW? With the extreme weather event covering most of NSW Coast and Sydney, the heavy storms and flooding have been the cause of extensive damage for many homeowners.

In most cases, many people first discover that their roof needs leaking repairs during a heavy storm. Whether you were at home when the leaking started or you returned home to a leak, it is important that you take immediate action to prevent further damage to your property.

Help! I Have a Leak in My Roof, What Should I Do?

Here are some steps on what to do if you have discovered that your roof is leaking during a heavy storm.

Step 1: Damage Control

Firstly, grab a bucket, pot or large container and place it under the leak to capture the dripping water or below the area of the suspected leak, then attempt to dry up areas that have already been wet.

You can even put down garbage bags, drop cloths or tarp on the floor to keep carpets and flooring as dry as possible. Dealing with a roof leak starts with this step as you want to minimise interior damage before going on to assess the source of the problem.

Step 2: Find the Cause of the Roof Leak

Now that water is safely leaking into a container, see where the leak is coming from on the inside of the house, you want to check if the leak source is the roof and not from another part of the house. Common sources of roof leaks include:

Step 3: Check Out the Attic

Another place to check is inside of your attic, see if you can find problem areas here, for example, can you hear water dripping? Do you see water entering from anywhere or are there any visibly wet areas? Perhaps check your insulation to see where the water is building up.

Even if you cannot work out the source of the leak, keep some mental notes if anything in particular stands out. While a roofing professional will carry out a comprehensive assessment for you, any background insight can help them narrow down what to look for when fixing your leaking roof.

Is It Dangerous to Wait When Fixing A Leaking Roof?

It is important to act quickly when it comes to a roof leak during a heavy storm, since leaks never fix themselves or just “go away”. If a roof leak is left unaddressed, the probability of structural erosion and danger to your home occupants is increased.

The key is to have a roofer come by sooner than later, because water anywhere in your home can lead to more problems, such as mould and larger, costlier repairs in the future.

Roof Rangers Can Help with Your Roof Leaks

The steps we have mentioned in this blog will help you to temporarily deal with a leaking roof, but they are by no means an alternative to using professional roofing services. So, before the storm season approaches, it is a good idea to contact a trusted roofer about regular roof inspections.

If you unfortunately spot a roof leak or you suspect one in your home, it is time to call a reputable roofing professional who can assess and repair the roof effectively. At Roof Rangers, we have repaired countless leaking roofs caused by heavy storms, servicing homes in Western Sydney, Blue Mountains and Hills District. We offer expert roofing repair services which is marked by high quality workmanship and all our work is backed by a 10-year guarantee.

Don’t let the next storm get the better of you, call us at 0401374203 to handle your next roof leak.

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