What to Do If Your Roof Starts Leaking During Heavy Rain

roofing contractor to have the issue diagnosed and repaired. That’s a given. However, a leaking roof could lead to larger problems like water damage and mold. You certainly don’t want to compound the roofing problem with further issues that are going to be just as costly after the fact. You want to fix a leaking roof as soon as possible, but when it’s pouring heavy rain outside, you need to act immediately. The longer you allow the leak or leaks to persist, the more you’re asking for trouble. Unfortunately, you can’t very well get a roofer to come out on a moment’s notice and as long as it continues to rain, you’re courting danger with respect to damage and mildew.

Neither of these are things you want to be worried about in your home. So, it’s up to you to fix the problem and quickly. But how do you go about it when it’s raining hard outside? You don’t really want to venture outside during a massive downpour and you definitely do not want to climb out on your wet roof in the middle of a storm. That is way too dangerous and could lead to significant injury or worse. Instead, you need to go about solving the problem from the inside. It can be done. You just have to make the effort to be diligent about your diagnoses. So, if your ceiling is dripping during heavy rain, here are the things you need to do if your roof starts leaking.

Act Quick

The minute you detect any sort of moisture getting into the home, you need to work quickly to keep it from collecting and spreading. Any leak coming from your roof can soon collect in small areas in your attic, in turn overflowing from these original collection sites and running through, under, and beneath places you do not want it to continue spreading. Water dripping from the ceiling needs to be caught and prevented from permeating through flooring and under carpets. So, find a bucket, a bowl, a pot, anything that be placed under the leak to keep the water from doing any further damage to your interior.

Check Your Attic

Any major leak is going to manifest itself as a major discoloration through your ceiling. You can bet that water is getting in somewhere in the roof. That’s the first place to check to see if there is a leak. Check for any areas where pools of water are forming in or near your insulation. That will require you to pull it away from the drywall. If so, you will need to absorb the moisture as fast as possible, otherwise the water is going to start to go through your ceiling and begin to drip to the floor below. Just be very careful about where you step and place any equipment. One wrong step or one forgetful placement and you could put a hole through the sheetrock and cause serious damage to the ceiling. That’s only going to cost more money to fix.

Track Down the Source of The Leak

Water moves in all directions. So, the task of locating where water is getting in through your roof could be a tough one. When water is seeping or leaking inside through a compromised spot in your roof, that small leak could turn to a puddle or sluice along all kinds of routes. The trick is to work your way back from any discovered streams and pools of moisture. Take a look along the rafters and beams in the attic and leave no insulation unturned. Water can be deceptive so even if you don’t think there’s a chance that the leak could have migrated to one area of the attic over another, better to be safe than sorry and check anyway.

Plug It Up

After you’ve finally discovered where the leak is coming in from, you will want to patch or plug up the leak to keep the water from getting in. Almost any reliable material should do the trick, be it a spare shingle, some roofing tar, putty or compound. Even a piece of plywood ought to work in the interim. But remember, these are quick fixes meant to stop a leak during heavy rain. After the rain stops, you or a contractor will need to perform a repair.