4 Steps to Take if Your Roof is Leaking

When your roof is leaking it can be hard to think straight. However, the way that you respond in this instance can affect your final cost.  

Don’t just wait for your trusted roof contractors to arrive. Instead, here are four things that you can do right away to minimize the total damage.  

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Step 1: Redirect the Leak 

Most people begin to notice that their roof is leaking when a bubble starts appearing on their ceiling. This bubble is full of water. It will continue to grow and expand until it finds an entry point.  

That entry point can be a hole in the ceiling sealcoat, light fixtures or railings. The bigger your bubble grows the more damaged your ceiling will become. The best thing to do is to poke a hole in the bubble and drain the water.  

The water will continue to pass through this hole until the water supply dries out, so be sure to leave a bucket underneath to catch the remaining drops.  

Step 2: Find the Problem Point 

After ensuring that the leak is being collected, it’s time to figure out where it’s coming from. This can be tricky sometimes because where the water started pooling up on the ceiling isn’t necessarily where it originated.  

Don’t feel bad if you can’t find the leak, sometimes it’s the size of a nail. That’s where having a trusted roofing contractor comes in handy. We’ve been trained to find even the smallest entry points.   

Step 3: Stop More Water From Entering 

If you have a pretty good idea of where the leak is, the next step is to stop more water from entering. This can be completed in a couple of ways.  

First, you can put a tarp over the problem spot on your roof. If you decide to do this option, be careful. Roofs are very slick when they are wet. Only attempt this if you feel comfortable.  

The second option is to put a patch on the inside of your attic. An effective patch uses tar and extra roof shingles.  

Both of these cover-up options are temporary and should only be used while you’re waiting for the contractor to arrive. 

Step 4: Dry the Wet Area 

Once you’ve contained the problem you can start focusing on fixing your home. Set up a fan to dry the areas that were exposed to the water.  

If you skip this step you may end up with mold or permanent water damage.  

Call Us When Your Roof Is Leaking 

When your roof is leaking you need someone you can trust. Here at Roof Doctor, our team is skilled in finding and repairing leaks before too much damage can occur. 

We offer emergency service both on the weekend and when it’s late. You don’t have to wait. Call us anytime to schedule your repair

3 Things to do Before Installing Solar Panels on Your Roof

Are you thinking of installing solar panels on your roof? Going solar is becoming a trend in more neighborhoods throughout the United States because this source of power can save you money on your electric bills and taxes and improve home values. However, to get the most value for your purchase, you must plan carefully.

Once you’ve got the solar panels up on your roof, you won’t want to move them. So make sure your roof is ready for your commitment to solar.

Below are the three things you should do before installing solar panels on your roof.

3 Things to Do Before Installing Solar Panels on Your Roof

Have Your Roof Inspected

Can your roof support the weight of solar panels? Trust us when we say you don’t want to guess what this answer may be. It’s much better to have your roof evaluated than risk extensive damages to your house.

Qualified roofing contractors can do a roof stress test relatively quickly. You’ll want someone experienced you can trust.

When doing an inspection, a roofing contractor should check your roof and attic for structural damage or weak spots. These can then be repaired before installing solar panels on your roof.

Replace Old Roofs

If you’re planning to replace your roof in the next couple of years, it will be easier and more cost-effective to do it before you install solar panels on your roof.

Solar panels can be removed and reattached, but that’s an extra expense.

A quality roof will last for 20 years or more. That’s about how long solar panels last as well. By replacing your roof before you add the solar panels, you won’t have to worry about moving or adjusting anything for the next couple of decades.

Move Objects in the Way

Some objects such as antennas, vents and satellite dishes may get in the way of installing solar panels on your roof. So before adding your solar panels, you’ll want to move these items. Sometimes vents are difficult to relocate or are required by building codes. Your roofing contractor can help you decide what to do.

You’ll also want to check for trees blocking the sun. You may need to have branches trimmed or trees removed.

Find More Tips for Installing Solar Panels on Your Roof

Installing solar panels on your roof is an exciting venture for any homeowner. Call the Roof Doctor for all your roofing needs, including questions about solar panels.