On average, water damage costs $2.5 billion per year. If you notice water leaking into your house, there’s a good chance that it is coming from your roof. The leak could be caused by plumbing or damage to the exterior of the roof. No matter the cause, getting on your roof and attempting a DIY fix is risky. The best plan of attack is to call a plumber or a roofer.
Cover the Leak, If Safe
If too much water leaks into your house, your walls and furniture could get damaged. Most people recommend covering your roof with a tarp if it is exposed to the outside. This can be dangerous, however, and we do not recommend that you do it yourself. You should either contact a plumbing company that specializes in roof leaks or contact a roofer, depending on what is causing the leak.
Minimize the Amount of Damage
Water leaking into your walls can cause a considerable amount of company. Slow leaks can cause mold and fungi to grow in your home and ultimately deteriorate your home’s structure. If you can see where the water is leaking, we recommend placing a bucket below it to temporarily fix the problem. This should not be a long-term solution, however. A plumber needs to inspect the pipes to figure out how to stop the leak.
Find the Source of the Leak
The first step to fixing the leak is to figure out where the leak is coming from. One technique to determine if a roof leak is caused by your plumbing system is to look at your water meter. First, make sure to turn off all appliances shut all the faucets in your house. Write down the numbers on your water meter. Wait a few hours and then read the numbers again. If the meter increases, then your plumbing system is leaking into your roof. In this case, you need to call a professional plumber.
Call a Professional Plumber or Roofing Company
As mentioned, you should call a professional plumber or roofing company to fix the roof leak. Some plumbers can fix a leaking roof, especially if it is caused by an issue with the plumbing system. On the other hand, you might need a roofing company to repair your roof if the leak was caused by storm damage. Missing or dangling shingles, bent gutters, and debris on your roof are all signs that the leak was caused by an outside force and not an internal plumbing problem.
Contact Your Insurance Company
Your homeowners’ policy might cover the costs to repair your roof leak depending on what caused it. For example, most insurance policies cover leaks caused by wind, hail, and falling trees. Contacting your insurance company should not be your first step if you have a major leak. Call a plumber to fix the leak first. If you have a minor leak, you can contact your insurance company to see if the issue is covered under your insurance policy.