No homeowner ever looks forward to any devastating roof leak in their home. Water damage is truly devastating. If left unmanaged, roof leaks will cause massive damages to your furniture, electronics, walls, and even the core concrete foundation of your residence. Your roof will be the least of your worries when this happens.
Luckily, it isn’t too difficult to manage roof leaks especially when it’s the first time happening to your Edmonton AB residence. All you’ll need is to have the right materials, resources, and instructions to avoid all possible devastating roof leaks in your home. Here are everything you need to know.
How to Manage Roof Leaks Until Help Arrives
In the middle of a storm, you cannot call any reliable roof leak repair services in Edmonton AB. You will most likely want to manage the leakages happening on your own. In turn, you can avoid water damage by a mile away. However, you’ll need to act fast definitely.
Capitol Improvements has a great guide on how to take action when you cannot call on professional roofers to help you address devastating roof leaks just yet. Learn more about it in this excerpt.
1. Minimize Interior Damage
After you’ve called a roofer to schedule a professional repair (or if it’s the weekend or after closing time), the first step in managing a leaking roof is minimizing the damage to the interior of your home.
This means rearranging the furniture, removing valuable or cherished items from the area, and covering floors and walls with waterproof materials such as a spare tarp or plastic garbage bags.
Soak up any standing water from the floor before covering the area with your waterproof covering to avoid trapping moisture against the surface. If water from the leaking roof is dripping down an interior wall, you can apply a plastic barrier to the wall, as well.
If you notice the ceiling dipping or bulging as though it is full of water, properly protect the surrounding area and poke a small hole in the ceiling to release the leak. This will help prevent further damage to the surrounding drywall.
Next, place a large bucket or other container beneath the leak to catch falling water. Make sure to surround the container with protective plastic, and don’t leave the area unattended for too long. Even a large bucket can fill up faster than you might expect.
2. Investigate the Attic or Crawlspace
If you have access to an attic or crawlspace, grab a flashlight and climb up. You can track the leak within your attic or crawlspace based on where it appears in the ceiling below. However, keep in mind that the way water travels from a leaking roof can be deceptive.
Water from a leaking roof doesn’t travel in a straight line. Instead, a roof leak typically causes water to travel from the damaged roof downwards towards the nearest joint. From there, the leak will find an escape route, where it creates the leak you see in your ceiling. This escape route is usually a weak spot in the ceiling’s drywall or the opening for a fixture, such as a vent or ceiling lamp.
This makes finding the cause of a leak in the roof itself difficult, even if you find where the water appears to be entering the attic or crawlspace. But this step can still help you better pinpoint where the water is entering the home. It also gives you the opportunity to create another barrier to stop the water from reaching the ceiling. (Read More)
Choosing The Right Canvas to Cover Your Roof
One part of the article above mentioned about using tarpaulin or canvas to cover the affected, leaking part of your property. While any tarpaulin will do, it pays to use top-grade canvas that guarantees a completely zero possibility of devastating roof leaks happening. Chicago Canvas has a great guide to help you select them below.
Choosing a Tarp
Once you’ve taken into account your environment and need, you can go out and choose the right kind of tarp for the roofing project you have at hand. Each tarp is different and advertised as such, but consider some of the essential elements that you might want to have backing up the tarp’s support of your roof.
It’s easy to assume that all tarps are relatively lightweight and don’t carry much presence. This isn’t the case. Some tarps, like our Silver UVR Heavy Duty Poly Tarps, are specifically designed to be heavier than others. This tarp, for example, is 12 mils thick, whereas a standard tarp is typically only 5 mils thick. By allowing a tarp to have more weight to it, engineers make that tarp more appropriate for roofing projects in areas prone to faster wind gusts or more frequent storms. When a tarp is advertised as heavy duty, then, it’s far more appropriate for re-roofing than a lightweight alternative.
That’s not to say, of course, that lightweight tarps don’t have their place when it comes to roofing. If the damage done to your roof is a one-off, then a lighter tarp may be easier for you to work with and more sustainable, in the long run, than a heavier tarp. All you need to do is assess the weather around your home and determine for yourself whether you want the protective boost of a heavy duty tarp or if one of the lighter ones available will do.
It may seem obvious, but when you’re fixing a roof that’s been damaged by heavy storms, you’ll want to look for a tarp that’s waterproof. Not all tarps can keep rainwater out of your home. Lighter tarps meant for camping, for example, are great for ensuring that your pajamas don’t get muddy, but it’s unlikely that they’d be able to hold up to pummeling rain. Look for a poly tarp, which is meant to slick off pouring rain and keep water from reaching the wooden supports of your roof. (Continued)
Call a Professional Roofing Company Immediately!
If you’ve got a roof leak and you need help immediately, you can count on DDCL to help you. We’re a decades-experienced roofing company with the best and well-educated team of roofers who can achieve the results you need. Contact us today to learn more about what we can do for you!