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Leaky Roof? Here’s What to Do Until Your Denver Roof Repair Team Arrives

July 11, 2018

Roof leaks are a serious problem, even if they’re minor. While you know to call an experienced Denver roofing company as soon as you notice the damage, it may still be a few days before they can make it to your home. Between your call and the actual roof repair appointment, you’ll want to protect the house from further water damage. Here are a few easy things you can do to keep the leak from doing more damage until your roofing appointment.

Identify the Source of the Leak

Whenever possible, try to find the source of the leak in the roof. If possible, start in the attic and look for active drips or wet spots. This will help you pinpoint the damage when the roofer comes to make the repairs. If you can’t access the attic, identify the source of the moisture in the ceiling. The roofing team will be able to identify the actual cause of the leak once they arrive, even if it’s invisible to your eyes, but the more information you can present them with, the better. If the leak is actively dripping, take a picture of the spot for future reference. This way, even if the leak dries, you’ll have additional information to show your roofing team.

Handle The Mess Inside

Clean up any excess water or moisture left by the leak as soon as possible. The longer water sits on the floor or on sheetrock, the worse the damage can become. Use absorbent towels to sop up the water and do your best to keep the area dry throughout the day. If there are active drips coming from the ceiling, use a bucket, pot, or bowl to catch them. This will help keep your flooring safe from water damage and reduce the severity of future home repairs.

Avoid Attempting Repairs Yourself

If you’ve ever noticed a tarp on the outside of a neighbor’s roof, it’s likely because they installed it themselves to temporarily patch a leak. While it may seem like a good idea, it can actually lead to extensive damage, making the roof repair more expensive and time-consuming. Unless you’re familiar with roof work and know how to walk on your roof without doing damage to the shingles, flashing, or gutters, installing a tarp is both difficult and dangerous to yourself and the roof. Instead, let nature take its course and allow the materials to dry out in the sun on their own. You’ll stay safer, your roof will be in better condition, and the roofing contractors will be able to address the damage once they arrive.
Whether you have an active leak or notice pre-existing water damage in your attic, getting the problem fixed as soon as possible is vital to keeping your home safe. The minute you notice a problem with your home’s roof, contact the team at Big Creek Roofing & Restoration. They’ll work with you to get your roof repaired as quickly as possible so you can enjoy your home worry-free.