Extreme weather can cause many problems for homeowners. Strong winds and thunderstorms always pose a threat, but heavy rain can cause serious damage to your property if the weatherproofing of your roof has been compromised and the water is able to get through. Here’s what you need to do if your roof leaks in heavy rain.
Catch the water
The first thing you need to do if your roof leaks in heavy rain is to place a bucket or another deep container under the leak to catch the water whilst you try and stop the leak. It is important to catch the water to prevent it from damaging your carpet or getting into the floorboards where rot can set in.
Work out where the leak is coming from
You won’t be able to stop the leak if you can’t work out where it is coming from. Go to the attic and look for signs of damp, mould, or water stains. Seeing where the water is entering the inside of the property should give you an idea of where on the roof you need to look to find the external damage.
Check the roof for signs of damage
If it is safe for you to get onto the roof, try to assess if there is any damage that could be causing the leak. Leaks can be caused by missing, warped or damaged tiles, flashing that is curling or has come loose, or areas where water has pooled and not been able to drain properly.
If you are missing any tiles or shingles, and you have any spares, you can nail these into the spaces as a temporary fix, but there is likely an underlying problem that will need to be assessed by a professional.
Check the gutters
Another step you should take if your roof leaks in heavy rain is to check your gutters for any debris or blockages and remove them, as well as checking for any cracks or damage. If your gutters are blocked or not functioning correctly, then this can cause a leak in the property.
Gutters are supposed to direct the flow of water away from the roof and to the downspout, but if they are clogged with debris such as foliage or other materials, the water will spill over and run down the wall of the property, potentially finding an ingress into the property.
Make a temporary patch repair
The next step you need to take is to make a temporary patch repair to try and stop the leak. Temporary patch repairs are short-term solutions until you can get the leak fixed properly but they should be able to stop the worst of the problem, at least for a short time.
One way to make a temporary patch repair is to nail down a waterproof tarp over the damaged area. If the damage is small enough, it may be able to be fixed temporarily with plastic roofing cement. Once the outside damage has been patched, the point of water ingress on the inside of the property should be sealed with roofing tape.
Call a professional roofer
As soon as you are able, you should call a professional roofer if your roof leaks in heavy rain. Even if it is the first time it has happened, it suggests there is an underlying weakness due to damage or simply the natural deterioration of the roof’s weatherproofing, which will only get worse if left untreated. A professional roofer will be able to identify the exact cause of the leak and perform the repairs that will prevent the problem recurring.
If your roof is leaking, a temporary fix can help to prevent damage whilst you wait for repairs, but these solutions are just that – temporary. You must ensure that, when you notice a leak, you contact a professional to have your roof assessed. If your roof leaks in heavy rain and you need an inspection, please get in touch and we will
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