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What to Do If You Detect a Roof Leak

Last updated 6 years ago

Roof leaks can be the bane of your roofing system. Without prompt attention, they can cause untold amounts of damage. Take these steps when you detect a roof leak to ensure minimal damages:

  • Call a Professional Roofing Company
    Signs of a leak include discolored ceilings, walls, or moist insulation in your attic. It doesn't matter if you have not yet found the precise location of the leak—visible water trails on your roof trusses can lead to the leak's origin. Even if you can't find a specific leak yourself, your professional roofer will be able to find and fix the problem.
  • Patch the Leak If You Can
    During inclement weather, it’s crucial that your leak is secure. Don't use permanent materials—try a type of emergency roofing or tarp to cover the leaky area. Always use caution if going up on your roof. However, if you do not feel safe patching the roof yourself, call an emergency roofer to help you fix the problem. 
  • Take Precautions Around Your Home
    If you're relatively certain that the leak is fresh, you should not have to worry too much about mold or mildew. You shouldn't need to replace vast amounts of attic insulation either, but it’s a good idea to have it inspected. If the leak has clearly been there for some time, you will want your professional roofer to verify the integrity of the structures around the leak to see if more extensive repairs are necessary.

Roof leaks can be easily repaired by a qualified roofer when caught early; however, extensive repairs may be necessary for leaks that have been allowed to cause damage over time. Contact Fortress Roofing in Salt Lake City at (801) 205-6100 to report leaks in your roof and to have them repaired professionally and promptly.


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