First, damage control
You probably can’t stop the leak, but you sure can minimize the damage it causes. Here are a few handy tips.
If the leak is minor, tape a piece of string nearby and place a bucket underneath. The water will flow down the string and into the bucket, instead of onto your floor. This saves your flooring, and prevents people from slipping and falling.
For heavier leaks, drill a hole in the ceiling. Yep that’s right – drill a hole in the ceiling, to allow water to escape (just remember to place a bucket underneath to catch all that water). This may sound counter-intuitive, but it’ll keep the ceiling from becoming saturated with water and possibly collapsing, causing you a whole lot more damage, pain and suffering
Then, find the source of the leak
This is important so that you know what you’re actually dealing with. It’s also important so you know who to call. A plumber, roofing contractor or maybe a general contractor?
It is isn’t as easy as it sounds. And to make things worse, the source of the leak is often not the area directly above the damage. But here are a few handy tips that can help:
- Trace the leak back to its source when it is actually happening. Start from inside the house. If it only leaks when it rains, it’s the roof.
- Follow stain marks. This isn’t as effective as tracing the leak as it happens, but it may reveal the source of the leak.
- Check if there are any water sources near the affected area. Keep a lookout for pipes, valves, air-conditioning vents or water tanks that may be the cause of the problem
Get the right help
Once you’ve found the source of the leak, the only thing left to do is to fix it. If you’ve got tiled or shingled roof, repairing can be pretty easy. Just replace the broken or damaged tiles with new ones and reattach them with roof cement or compound (it’s a bit like plastiscine, but thicker).
If you’ve got a flat roof, the damage is likely to be visible to the naked eye. This makes it easy to detect the source of damage for repair work. Use rags to absorb whatever moisture that may be lingering and allow the area to dry. Brush away debris and apply a good helping of roof cement.
But you might have forgotten that in order to do all this, you’d actually have to get up onto the roof. This involves a ladder and is usually quite dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing and are not an expert in roof repair.
So its probably better to leave it to the pros – log on to Gawin and put in a request for roofing repair. We’ve got all the roofing contractors, handymen, general contractors, plumbers and just about any kind of tradesmen for all your home repair and renovation needs.