What to do if Your Roof Starts Leaking

A leaky roof is every homeowner's worst nightmare. Visions of water damage and sagging ceilings worry you. But fear not! While a leak shouldn't be ignored, with the right approach, you can minimize the damage and save money.

4 Important Steps to Take Once you Notice a Roof Leak

Contain the Leak

Contain the leak as fast as you can! The longer water leaks, the more extensive the damage can become. Grab buckets, tubs, or even pool noodles to create a makeshift dam around the leak site indoors. This will divert water and prevent it from spreading across your floors and walls.

Find the Source of the Leak

It’s time to play detective. Look for signs of water stains or bulging on your ceilings. These will often point you directly to the leak’s location on the roof. If you have an accessible attic, venture up and inspect the rafters and roof sheathing for moisture or rot.

Water damaged ceiling

Check out the Roof for Damage (Safely)

If you can safely access the leak from the outside, consider a temporary fix. A tarp, properly secured with weights or rope, can act as a stopgap measure until a professional arrives. Safety First! Never attempt to walk on a wet roof, especially if it’s pitched or has loose shingles.

Call an Experienced Roofer

A qualified roofer is your ultimate weapon against leaks. Don’t wait for the next downpour – the longer the leak persists, the more it can compromise the structural integrity of your roof and lead to mold growth. A professional can pinpoint the source, assess the damage, and recommend the most appropriate repair solution.

Additional Steps to Take When Your Roof has a Leak

While containing and locating the leak should be first steps you take when you notice your roof is leaking, there are still important steps to take, especially if you have homeowner’s insurance and want to ensure the roof leak will be covered.

Document Everything

Take clear photos and videos of the leak and any visible damage inside and outside your house. This will be crucial for insurance purposes when filing a claim. Dealing with insurance companies can be a hassle, and the best way to prevent that is ensure you have proper documentation of everything before they send out an adjuster to assess the damage.

Check your Roof’s Warranty

Does your roof have a warranty? Check the terms to see if it covers leak repairs. Contacting the roofing company that installed your roof is the first step to check if your warranty is still valid.

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How to Prevent Future Roof Leaks

While leaks are bound to happen eventually, there are some steps you can take to minimize the risks and save money.

Regular Inspections

Schedule yearly inspections by a qualified roofer. They can identify potential problems before they turn into leaks. With Reliant’s Roof Maintenance Program we can help identify potential leaks and repair them before it becomes a major problem.

Keep Your Roof Clean

Remove leaves, branches, and debris from your roof regularly. Clogged gutters can back up under the shingles and cause leaks. You can also proactively cut down any branches that hang over your house to prevent any branches from falling onto your roof and damaging it.


A leaky roof can be a hassle, but by staying calm, taking prompt action, and calling in the professionals, you can weather the storm (pun intended!) and restore your roof to its former glory. Remember, proactive maintenance is your best defense against future leaks, allowing you to enjoy peace of mind under a dry and secure roof.

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