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Minor Roof Leak Could Lead to Major Damage

With life being so busy, it’s easy to ignore a small roof leak. A small leak should be enough warning to get an expert to inspect your roof. Let’s take a look at how even a minor roof leak can be cause for major damage if not taken care of in a timely manner.

According to an article at brothersservices.com, “Minor Roofing Leak”

Roofing design“So it’s raining outside. And, um, inside, too. If this is normal, then you’ve missed the entire point of having a roof, and maybe home ownership isn’t for you. Otherwise, you’ve got a leak.

Other not-so-obvious signs of leaks are bulges or discoloration in your ceiling. It’s likely that water is pooling on the other side of that bulge or dark spot. You’ve got to take immediate action.

Contain the Leak and Prevent any Further Damage

Put a bucket, trashcan, or some other container under the site of the drip or suspected leak. Note: Consider propping up a board inside the container so the drips hit the board and not the accumulated water. This will prevent the repetitive and annoying dripping sound, which could lead to you punching a hole in one of your walls, which you’ll then need another contractor to fix. (If you want to punch a hole in something, hang on – we’re getting to that part.)

Now, get a screwdriver — and this is important — it has to be a Phillip’s head screwdriver.

No. It doesn’t.

Take any old screwdriver, locate the center of the bulge where water is accumulating and puncture it right in the middle. Though it might seem counter intuitive to punch a hole in your ceiling to stop a leak, the new hole will allow the water to drain smoothly and relieve pressure on the rest of your ceiling. If water accumulates and pools, the entire ceiling could collapse. The general rule with ceilings is the same as the general rule with clothing or gunshot wounds: Smaller holes are easier to fix than big ones.

Consider Fixing it Yourself — Briefly — And Then Call a Professional

The problem is identified and contained. Well done! This is normally where you call a roofing contractor. But you changed the oil in your El Camino last weekend after just watching a few videos on YouTube, so you can do it yourself, right?

Unless you really know what you’re doing, this isn’t a DIY project. Given the expense and catastrophic damage that could result from shoddy work, would you hire someone who had never done it before?” To read the entire article click here.

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