Frederick Roof RepairServing Frederick and Montgomery County, MD
Leaking Roof? Now What?
It is easy to start panicking when you find you have a leaking roof. Rather than waste your time, since your roof is possibly leaking right now, let’s get to what you need to know.
First, stay out of your attic unless you know you can do so without falling through the ceiling. The only thing a modern house affords in the way of safe walking surface in the attic is the 2x4 trusses which should in most cases be in line with the 2x4 aspect of the truss attached to the bottom of the roof surface. I say in most cases because trusses can have sections missing for various reasons along the ceiling. Do not assume a 2x4 is where it should be. Move with your foot all the insulation for each step until you see the 2x4 is there.
Fixing a Leaking Roof From the Inside?
Know this about a leaking roof. It cannot be fixed long term from the inside of the attic. Whereas you might be able to slow or even temporarily stop water from making it into the attic space, all roof problems are fixed on the roof. This should be obvious, but my experience tells me it is not.
Leaking Roof and Caved In Ceilings
If your ceiling is dripping faster than about every 20 seconds, it is probably wise to poke a hole in it with a screwdriver to relieve the water. Repairing such a small hole is much easier than dealing with a cave in. Just put the hole exactly where the drip is occurring, as this tells you exactly where the weak point in the drywall is, and where the water is pooling.
Leaking Roof and Mold
Everyone is terrified of mold. The fact is, mold is everywhere in spore form anyway. If it wasn’t, than it would not grow when given the right conditions. Take away one of the variables required for mold to grow, and it dies. Small leaks that are new do not grow mold, anymore than the house grew mold because it got wet during construction. How long a wet and warm condition exists is a factor in mold growth. Moderate leaks that have gone on for some time during warmer months likely do have some mold growth, but can often be fixed via removal of associated insulation and a mold killing, stain blocking primer. Serious mold problems are usually associated with combined high humidity and poor circulation. Think bath fan venting straight into attic instead of out of the roof through a vent and no ridgevents. In summary, relax about the mold and small, new leaks.
“Maybe I will just let it go”
This is never a good idea. Roof leaks do not magically fix themselves. The first and necessary step to dealing with a roof leak is to call a roofer. Doing it sooner rather than later can keep overall cost down, as a small problem is not given the chance to become a larger one. Pay now, or pay more later.
I hope the above has helped if you are dealing with a leak in your roof. Please give us a call if you need to address a leaking roof or have any other roofing related questions and or needs. Thanks, for reading.