How Do You Stop a Leaking Roof?

Woman uses a bowl to catch water after a bad roof leak collapses her ceiling

Call us and schedule a roof inspection to ensure your roof leak never gets this bad

Homeowners are constantly on the lookout for potential problems with their house. The most obvious problems are emergencies, like an overflowing toilet, a broken window, or a power outage. In Chisholm Trail Roofing & Construction, homeowners have to be worried about bad storms and extreme weather linked to tornadoes. But what happens when you notice a small problem that isn’t getting better on its own, and is only getting worse? This is the case for a roof leak. The longer the leak is allowed to persist, the worse it can get. Do you need roof repair, or is something else causing a problem with your ceiling? Is your roof leak is considered an emergency? How do you know what to do if your roof is leaking?

Signs of Roof Damage

First you need to determine whether or not your roof is damaged before you can figure out if you need roof repairs. Leaks can cause damage to many areas around your home including:

  • Walls and ceilings
  • Flooring
  • Attic area
  • Roof structure

Some of these indicators are easier to spot than others if your roof leak is not particularly bad yet.

Water Stains: If moisture is getting in to your roof or attic, it can cause discoloration where it is pooling. If you suspect a leak, but it is not a continuous leak, this is the most likely indicator.

Wet Spots / Sagging: A continuous leaking roof means water discoloration may still be there, but the roof will remain wet. A roof saturated with water will also begin to sag after a while as water collects. A continuous leak is more of an emergency than one that has time to dry and stain.

Concentrated Floor Damage: If you step in a wet spot on your carpet, or notice a saturated area on your wooden floor, it may not be a floor leak. It could mean water is dripping in to one particular area from the ceiling. Always check to make sure the water isn’t coming from above before examining below.

Wall / Wallpaper Damage: If the roof leak is happening over a wall, you may not notice damage to the ceiling itself. Instead, it may be causing water to run down your walls and damage them instead. Water stains are a possibility, as well as mildew or mold. However, this could also be a pinhole leak from your plumbing, so consider looking into thermal camera water leak detection to nail down the cause of your water-damaged wall.

Damaged Attic: Just because there is no damage to your ceiling doesn’t mean there is no leak. Check your attic if you believe the roof above it might be damaged. If you see warped plywood, pools of water, or wet insulation, you may need roof repairs. This is also true if you can see pinholes of light making it in to your attic from outside. If light can get through something other than a window, so can water and other elements. There is also the possibility of damaged rafters in your attic. If you see elements of the roof itself sagging, or wooden beams in your attic beginning to warp, this could be from leaking moisture.

Shingle Damage: Consider grabbing a ladder and examining the roof itself. Shingles can show obvious signs of damage that can lead to leaks. Any shingles that are missing could mean water is seeping in to the roof itself. Any shingles that have debris between or under them could be holding moisture and have the potential to rot or to already be rotting. If the shingles are curled back, this can mean extreme wind damaged your roof and there may be a leak somewhere. If there are shingles that are missing their water repelling granules, this could be another problem that allows moisture to enter your home.

Storm Damage: Sometimes extreme weather, like tornadoes, is accompanied by a storm that produces hail. Hail impacts can leave many small dents and impact points on your roof, but a piece of hail at the right speed and angle can put a small hole in your roof. If left undetected, it can allow in the elements, driving up your power bill and causing more damage to your roof. If you had a particularly bad storm pass over your house, you should consider checking to make sure the storm didn’t damage your home.

Foreign Objects / Obvious Damage: If a large tree branch falls on to your roof, there is potential for the impact point to become a problem area. It may even leave an actual hole in your roof. Damage like this is easier to spot as long as you’re looking for it. If debris has landed on your roof and damaged it, you should remove it before trying to assess the extent of the damage.

Is a Leaking Roof an Emergency?

Wooden beams are damaged

If you have a leak in your roof, call us out to take a look. We can determine the location and fix it quickly.

You’ve inspected for problems, and found one. Your roof has a leak in it, causing water to come in and pool on your ceiling. If the roof only seems to leak during minor weather, it is more than likely not an emergency. If your roof starts leaking during a long or particularly heavy period of rain, that could turn into an emergency very quickly. If heavy rain has found its way into your roof, the continuous flow of the water into your ceiling could damage the structure of your home. But can a leaking roof collapse? Yes. No roof will collapse when immediately introduced to water. However, the longer the leak is allowed to go on, the more the structure rots, the more the ceiling integrity becomes compromised, and the more potential there is for a leaky ceiling to suddenly be falling down in pieces.

Temporary and Permanent Roof Repair

If you’re looking for how to make an emergency roof repair, consider putting together an emergency roof repair kit. Most people believe they won’t need one until it’s too late. To make one, gather a tarp or tarps, a few sheets of rubber, rubber sealant, and duct tape. It’s also a good idea to have smaller patches available for smaller holes in the roof or ceiling. By fixing a tarp with pins and sealant, you can help keep water from making it in to the damaged area while it rains. This can help minimize the spread of roof leaks. These kits are only temporary solutions, however, and are not efficient substitutes for roof repairs.

How much does it cost to put a tarp on a roof? If you’re worried about putting the tarp on your roof by yourself, you can have it done professionally. It will depend on the size of the hole you need patched, but having a temporary tarp put on your roof can cost approximately between $500 to $700.

Two contractors install drywall roofing after making roof repairs

After we’ve fixed the leak from the outside, we’ll get your home back to normal inside.

How much does roof repair cost? Emergency roof repair in Oklahoma City, OK varies in pricing and specialty. It will also depend on the size and extent of the damage to your roof and ceiling. If the leak is small and requires sealing a leak combined with replacing and resealing a small amount of shingles, the cost will be considerably less than if a tree falls on your house and creates a hole the size of a small dog. Prices can fluctuate between approximately $150 and $1200. This does not account for the possibility of a complete roof replacement, however. The higher prices for larger problems are why you should always seek emergency repair for a leaking roof if you believe the problem will only get worse. There are businesses that offer 24 hour emergency roof repair for people with the most extreme roof leaks. Contacting a contractor is the most efficient way to stop a small roof leak from turning into a leaking roof emergency. If you’re in Yukon and Oklahoma City, OK and need regular or emergency roof repair, contact the experts of Chisholm Trail Roofing & Construction at (405) 470-9115.