No one wants to deal with a roof leak, but it is a very real possibility that looms over every homeowner. Wind and water damage to shingles during high-intensity storms, the freeze-thaw complications common in winter and early spring, and damage caused by animals, debris, and falling trees can precipitate a roof leak that must be repaired or replaced immediately.

Until we can get to you with the best technicians and equipment to fix the problem, here are a few things you can do in the meantime to limit the damage the water can cause to your home.

Redirect the Flow of Water

One of the most common signs of a leak is the leak itself. If you notice water dripping from the ceiling—even if you cannot discern where it originates—putting something in place to catch the water, like a bucket or bowl, can prevent floor and furniture damage. Especially in commercial and historical buildings, water damage could ruin expensive equipment and centuries-old artifacts, including the buildings themselves. 

If you have ceiling tiles or an easily-removed ceiling, taking down the affected areas not only stops the damage to those pieces, but it will redirect the water flow straight down into the bucket, stopping its spread to other areas of the roof and building and helping you to get a glimpse of the actual leak. 

Mold & Mildew Protection

One of the most dangerous aspects of a leaky roof is the potential for mold and mildew growth. If you have a leak, no matter how big or small, the continuous flow of water and the moisture that builds up can encourage a hazardous microbial situation. Mold spores can go airborne, circulate through the air, and get inhaled by unwitting humans and pets, causing asthma complications, health risks for children, seniors, and those with underactive immune systems, and unsightly growths and damage. 

If you even suspect serious mold growth in your home, you and your family should leave the building and stay with family or friends until it is professionally removed by our expert workers. If you need to go back into the building, make sure you have long sleeves, pants, rubber boots, and a respirator (N-95 or better). 

Act Now!

The worst thing to do when you have a roof leak is to do nothing and hope for the best. When your roof leaks, it’s only a matter of time before the little problem turns into a full emergency that can put a damper on your home and your wallet. Instead, contact SLB Contracting as soon as you suspect an emergency. We will prioritize your needs and send out the pros for a roof inspection immediately. They will assess the problem and the damage and design a plan for a roof repair or replacement. 

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