Is a Leaking Roof an Emergency?

A Roofer Repairs a Damaged Roof.

Is a leaking roof an emergency?

Anytime you have a roof leak, you have a serious problem on your hands. Leaks can develop slowly over time, or they can come on suddenly, as in a heavy rain or during a storm. When you have a roof leak suddenly develop, you definitely have an emergency on your hands, and repairs need to be taken care of as soon as possible.

Whether your roof leak has developed over time or suddenly, you’ll want to take care of the leak as soon as possible. For the most reliable roof leak repair services in Yukon and Oklahoma City, OK, depend on the skilled professionals at Chisholm Trail Roofing & Construction. We can be reached 24/7 for emergency roof repair by calling (405) 470-9115.

Roof leak repair in rain

While having a roof leak is never a good thing, one of the worst times for one to start is when it is raining. It is essential to get to the roof leak repair as quickly as you can, especially in this instance. While your best bet for a water leak repair on roof is to call a professional like those at Chisholm Trail Roofing & Construction, if you have to wait for assistance, there are a few things you can do on your own before the roofers arrive to limit the damage the leak can cause.

Usually, you’ll recognize you have a roof leak because the water will travel from the source of the leak to the interior of the home. Often the water will get inside light fixtures or you’ll see a bulge forming in your ceilings drywall. You’ll want to protect the interior of the home first by poking a hole in the drywall and let the water drip into a container. A plastic wheeled trash can is preferable because you take it outside and easily dump the water.

Once the interior is taken care of, you’ll want to find the source of the leak. While there may be several spots where your ceiling is dripping, usually there’s only one source for the leak, and more often than not you can find the source of the leak in the attic. You can often trace the leak’s path along rafters to the roof deck. You can inform the roofer of the location of the leak, which can speed up the roof leak repair.

After you’ve found the source of the leak and it’s stopped raining, you can prevent further damage by covering the damaged area of the roof with a tarp. Make sure to extend the tarp over the roof’s ridgeline and secure it with 2 by 4 boards rather than nails.

What to do if water is leaking from the ceiling?

As mentioned above, roof leaks often expose themselves by coming through the ceiling. It doesn’t have to be raining for a roof leak to come through the ceiling. Ceiling leaks may also have other causes such as plumbing or leaking appliances. Outlined below are some steps to take if water is leaking from the ceiling.

  • Find the cause of the leak: If you have a roof leak or clogged gutters causing a leak, you’ll probably find the source of the leak in the attic and can trace it from the rafters to the roof deck. Plumbing leaks or appliance leaks may be harder to trace, especially with pipes behind walls or the ceiling itself. Call a plumber to help find plumbing leaks. 
  • Stop the flow of water: A roof leak repair will be necessary to stop the flow of water caused by a damaged roof or clogged gutters. Plumbing and appliance leaks can be slowed by shutting off the main water line until help arrives.
  • Dry damaged ceiling materials and remove them: Make sure the area where the water has leaked through is dried thoroughly to avoid mold and mildew growth. Remove any damaged material that’s fallen.
  • Repair and restore the ceiling: Once the leak has been repaired, the ceiling will need to be repaired as well. A professional restoration service may be able to help with this step.

Roof leak repair in winter

While roof leaks can happen anytime of the year, they can become particularly problematic in the winter, especially if your roof is poorly insulated and not properly ventilated. If this is the case, your attic will begin to warm up causing condensation and accumulated snow to melt and flow and freeze in your gutters, creating ice dams. These ice dams melt and refreeze and the water backs up and get under your shingles to cause leaks. The ice dams should be removed by professionals who’ll have the right tools to melt them and repair the roof leaks caused by them.

How do you fix a leaking roof?

If you have a roof leak and need to fix it fast, there are products on the market that can help, including Flex Seal, a rubberized coating that is sprayed on to repair leaks. Roof leak repair with Flex Seal is fairly simple and can be done in four steps

  1. Find the source of the leak: You can find leaks by pouring water over a suspect area of the roof and check under the roof to see if water flows through
  2. Clean the area: Once you find the leak, clean and dry the area before applying the sealant.
  3. Shake the Flex Seal can: Shake the product for about 1 minute to get optimal performance.
  4. Spray on the sealant: Spray the sealant over the area using an even sweeping motion. Allow to dry for 48 hours before more coats are added, if needed. 

How much does it cost to repair a leaky roof?

The cost of a roof leak repair can vary, depending on how serious the damage is. Besides repairing the hole, you may need to repair and replace shingles and any other damages like damages to the ceiling that the leak caused. Roof repairs in general can run anywhere between $150 for a minor repair up to $3,000 for a major repair. 

Repairing your roof is essential not only to ensure your roof continues to protect your home, but also to make certain your home maintains its aesthetic appeal. Another way to enhance your home’s appearance is with a wooden fence installation.

Is a leaking roof covered by insurance?

Insurance will cover a roof leak repair if the damage happened due to a “peril” such as a storm or fire or hail damage. Most insurance policies will not cover damage caused by lack of maintenance or neglect. Individual policies may vary, so check with your insurance company to find out exactly what is covered.

A Roof Leak Comes Through a Ceiling.

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If you have a leaky roof, you’ll want to get it repaired as soon as you can. For experienced, reliable roof leak repair in Yukon and Oklahoma City, OK, reach out to the professionals at Chisholm Trail Roofing & Construction by calling (405) 470-9115.