How to Handle a Leaky Roof

Spring time in Fort Wayne means that rain is in the forecast. While spring rain wakes up plant life and encourages flowers to bloom, it’s another story entirely when the rain is making its way into your home.

Unfortunately, some homeowners don’t notice that they have a leak at all until they find water damage throughout the interior of their homes. Below you’ll find some of the signs of interior water damage and what you can do to handle a leaky roof:


Signs of a Leaky Roof: Water Damage

One of the first spots to inspect for water damage is the attic and ceiling. This is because these two spots are often the first to come in contact with the elements.

If the leak is really big, it will make its way through the roof and attic quite quickly. You’ll find that if the interior ceiling is damaged, the ceiling plaster may even bubble and expand. A lot of times the paint on nearby interior walls will also be damaged, as well as ceiling-mounted fans and lights.

Don’t forget that mold and mildew are two other big signs of water damage, and both can lead to serious health concerns. Black mold is the most common type of mold that forms from water intrusion. The good news is that toxic black mold is rare, but non-toxic black mold can still attach itself to wood framing, walls, floors, and ceiling tiles in your home.


Repairing Your Roof

The way that you’ll repair your roof greatly depends on the source of the leak. For example, loose or missing shingles can allow moisture into your home. A good place to start is checking the roof right above where the leak is occurring through your ceiling. If you discover missing, curled, or damaged shingles, they will need straightened out or even replaced. You can do this by using an electric hair dryer, but steer clear of open flame heat since this can catch asphalt shingles on fire.

The next step is to reattach the shingles with a generous amount of asphalt roof cement or compound. If the shingles are damaged (they break or crumble away), they will need to be replaced entirely.

If your chimney flashing is causing your ceiling to leak, you’ll want to look for damage to the caulking around the chimney and reapply as necessary. Be sure to remove any deteriorated caulking by using a putty knife. This will help the new caulking to bond.


What if it’s an Emergency?

If you discover your roof is damaged and a lot of water is making its way into your home, don’t panic. While dealing with a leaky roof is never fun, the best course of action is to contact your insurance company along with a professional roofing company to make repairs. Always be cautious of storm chasers, who are known for taking your money and disappearing without a trace.

If you need additional expert advice on your home’s exterior, be sure to contact Universal Windows Direct.

Chris Jarvis