Quarve Contracting
Tuesday 27 November 2018

There Is a Leak in Your Roof: What Should You Do?

Posted by at 10:08 PM

The roof of a home is designed to protect the house it covers.  One of its main functions is to prevent leaks and to stop water from getting inside the home. Here in Minnesota our homes are subjected to lots of water on the roof - hard rains, heavy snows, melting ice. And unfortunately, sometimes that water gets through the roof into the house. When there is a roof leak, most likely it is going to be relentless, and it won't stop until it is repaired.  If you notice one, you need to know what to do so that you can fix the issue quickly and effectively.

What to Do If Your Roof Is Leaking

Do Not Wait: If there is a leak, even if it is small, have it fixed sooner rather than later. You want to make sure that you are not waiting to have this issue taken care of. The little leak is going to end up becoming a larger one if you’re not careful. Act as soon as possible and get in touch with a professional roof repair contractor who can help. Find the Source of the Leak: Just as it is with a pipe, if something is leaking, you need to know where it is, what is happening, why water is getting through, and so on. Once you do this, you can make temporary repairs until a professional can show up and fix the issue.  The most important thing is to get the water leak stopped up so that you can prevent further damage. Will Insurance Cover the Cost? Knowing whether or not the insurance that you have will cover the costs is important. It is important to know why the leak is happening. Storm damage is generally covered, but normal wear and tear is not. The insurance will go off specific reasons why the roof is leaking.  If it is from a storm, it is crucial that you notify your insurance company as soon as possible. And take pictures. They will require evidence to back up your claim that the leak is due to a storm. Always Check for Mold: Has your roof been leaking for awhile?  In many cases, the first sign anyone has of a leaky roof is brown stains on the ceiling or bubbling drywall (like the picture shown above). Unfortunately, by the time this evidence shows up, that roof leak has been going on for awhile, and it's quite likely mold has developed. Mold can cause more damage than you think. Not only can it damage structural components in your home but it can be a health threat.  In order to protect yourself and stay safe, you should always do a sweep for mold due to a roof leak. If you find mold, the area needs to be cleaned and replaced as soon as possible. Prevention of Further Leaks Is a Must: Preventing leaks from happening by maintaining, repairing and replacing the roof as necessary is important. Regular roof inspections should be on your to-do list.  In fact, some homeowner's insurance companies (as well as roofing warranties) require them. Speak with us here to find out how we can repair your roof or recommend the best roofing material so that you can prevent these roof leaks from happening again. Give us a call today and we can come out and take a look at the situation if you suspect you've got a leaky roof.  We are a licensed Minnesota roofing company, and we serve the entire Minneapolis and St. Paul metro area.