Have you ever discovered a leak in your rooftop? It’s a scary situation to find yourself in! You could be cleaning in the attic, or maybe you’ll have a professional there completing your residential air duct cleaning. Suddenly, you notice a steady drip of water coming off one of the roof supports. And that’s they best way to discover you have a leak. Other scenarios could result in significant degradation to your ceiling and support beams, or even mold growth.
Today, we’ll answer some of the most commonly asked questions regarding rooftop leaks. We’ll also provide a basic game plan you can follow if your find your own leaking roof! Let’s get started.
Commonly Asked Questions
Airborne Roofing, we hear quite a few questions regarding repairs, insurance, and other important factors involved in a roof leak. While specific circumstances may cause some exceptions to the answers we provide, you’ll find that they ring true in the vast majority of these situations. Of course, you should always consult with a professional if you feel uncertain about your particular case.
Is a Leaking Roof an Emergency?
So you’ve found a leak in your roof, and you want to know if it’s worth calling the roofer for immediate assistance. If you can answer two questions, you’ll know the answer.
- Question #1: “Is my home in immediate danger of serious damage?”
- Question #2: “Can I afford to wait for repairs?”
Let’s tackle the first question. If water is actively spilling into the rooftop, your home will likely suffer serious damage in just a short while. That would definitely be an emergency. If you notice a small dripping of water inside the attic, you could probably afford to wait and simply place a bucket underneath.
The first question typically answers the second. If you find your home in serious danger of water degradation because of a damaged roof, you need to call your local roofer for emergency repairs. Should you have a confirmed leak, it’s prudent to take the weather forecast into account as well. Impending showers mean repairs must be completed as soon as possible.
How Do I Know if My Roof is Leaking?
Large leaks are typically easy to spot (on the underside). Dripping is an obvious sign, but also look for signs of moisture around the support beams. Keep in mind that the water seepage may appear a little distance away from the rooftop damage. After the rain has finished, you can assess the rooftop from the ground for signs of tears, curling, or cracks.
Again, it’s smart to talk with a professional about roof leak detection. For every leak that you spot on the surface, there could be one or two more in a hard-to-see area. Handling these leaks in a timely manner is essential if you want to avoid more costly problems down the road.
Can a Leaky Roof Cause Mold?
Mold is practically everywhere, but it only becomes dangerous when given the right conditions. Ambient moisture and warmth allow mold to thrive inside your home, and those conditions will be met if your roof leak goes on for any significant time. In fact, once sufficient moisture is present, it only takes 2-3 days for mold spores to grow and start reproducing. After that time frame, you may be looking at costly water damage restoration. That’s another reason why prompt repairs are so important.
Is a Leaking Roof Covered by Insurance?
In most cases, homeowners insurance will cover the cost of repairs if the damage was caused by an unavoidable factor. For instance, if a healthy tree fell over onto your roof and caused the shingles to start leaking, the insurance company would likely pay for the damage. However, if the leak was caused by pre-existing damage (such as clearly damaged shingles) that you could have had fixed, there’s a good change you’ll be on the hook for the subsequent costs.
How to Repair Home Water Damage
Your first steps should be addressing any immediate threats to your home. That involves a water bucket if you have an actively leak, and a call out to your roofer about fixing the damaged roof. Once those tasks have been taken care of, it’s time to conduct your own home water damage inspection. That should include the following:
- Checking the roof supports
- Examining the insulation
- Inspecting the ceiling for spots
- Feeling the walls for soft points
- Search for warped (or damp) flooring
Those roof supports are critical to the health and safety of your rooftop. If they stay wet for too long, you could be looking at some serious wood rot. Damp insulation is also a problem, especially for fiberglass and cellulose. You can fix address both these problems with a fan and dehumidifier. The moisture needs to settle back down within the first couple of days to avoid mold.
Your ceiling and walls also need to be looked at carefully. Lots of moisture will cause degraded areas, which will likely need to be replaced. If you feel moisture in the walls, you’ll want to remove the insulation from the walls to allow it to dry. To do so, remove the baseboard (gently) and cut a small section from the bottom of the drywall. You just need enough roof to pull out the insulation. If you can dry it out within two days, your insulation should be fine. Otherwise, mold growth will force you to replace it.
Schedule Your Roof Repair Today!
Fast action can help you avoid the majority of water damage. Need to schedule an inspection for your leaking roof? Our team at Airborne Roofing would love to examine your roof and supply professional repairs. You can rely on our team to take care of your metal roofing or fiberglass shingles in New Jersey. Give us a call today at (856) 662-1382!