Water Dripping From Your Ceiling? How To Deal With A Minor Roof Leak

If you see water dripping from your ceiling, then you have a roof leak. If the water is dripping slowly then the leak is minor. Even with a minor leak you still need to get your roof taken care of or this leak will turn into a much larger one. Until then, below are some steps you can take to deal with the leak.

Capture the Water

The first thing you need to do is to capture the water as it falls to the floor. This will protect your flooring, especially if you have carpet. Mold will quickly grow on wet carpet and this would be another problem you would have to deal with.

If you have a large bucket this is the easiest way to capture the water. If you do not, you can lay a plastic garbage bag on the floor and then place a few thick towels over the bags. The towels will capture the water and the plastic bags will capture the water from the towels. Watch the area closely until you get the roof repaired and wipe any water that may not hit the bucket or may splash onto other areas of the floor.

Use a Fan

Use a floor fan to dry out the floor. If the flooring is carpeting, a traditional floor fan will not work well. Instead, you need an industrial fan, as these fans are much more powerful. If the carpet padding gets wet your home will start to smell soon. In a case like this, a carpet company may be able to replace that area of carpeting and carpet pad instead of having to replace the entire carpeting.  

If you do not have an industrial floor fan, you can rent one from a local home improvement store. To dry everything much faster rent two fans and blow them directly onto the wet area.

Call a Roofing Contractor

You need to contact a roofing contractor to repair the leak for you. It could be something simple as a few broken or missing shingles. If the roof is very old, the roofing contractor will likely suggest that you replace the entire roof. This will prevent more leaks in the near future.

The problem could be with the flashing. Flashing is a material that is made of galvanized steel or aluminum. The flashing is placed over all joints that are on the roof to prevent water from leaking into the home. Over time, flashing can deteriorate and replacing it will fix your roof problem.

A roofing company like Cullen Roofing & Siding Co can go over all this information with you in much more detail.