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3 Things Every Homeowner Needs to Know about Roof Leaks

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Roof leaks are something that many homeowners experience at some point. If not caught early enough, they can lead to major water and structural damage around a home. If you spot what appears to be water damage on your ceiling, no matter how small it appears, this could be a sign of a roof leak that needs to be repaired as soon as possible. By being well informed about roof leaks, you can know how to take the necessary steps from there.

Ceiling Leaks and Roof Leaks Don't Always Align

One of the most common misconceptions homeowners have about roof leaks is that the spot of water damage on the ceiling always aligns with the location of the leak on the roof, but this isn't always the case. For example, if your roof covering is placed over a large sheet of plywood, then the water is probably going to trickle down from the leak itself to the next break or joint in the plywood. Therefore, your actual roof leak may be located many feet from that dripping spot on your ceiling.

The Repair Might Be One You Can Do Yourself

Major roof leaks should always be handled by an experienced roof repair specialist, but for minor problems, you might actually be able to complete the repair yourself. Start by taking a look at your roof from a safe distance using a pair of binoculars, if possible. If the damage isn't obvious (like a large tree limb or other heavy object), use a ladder to carefully climb atop your roof. Small leaks, such as those from a missing shingle, can easily be completed yourself with the right tools. 

You Can Temporarily Re-Direct Leaking Water

If you've got a large amount of water leaking into your home, then the first thing you'll want to do is find a way to handle the interior leak. A great way to prevent further water damage in your home from a major leak is to create a funnel out of an old gallon-sized bottle, a ladder duct tape, and a garden hose. Simply cut the bottom of the bottle off, duct tape one end of a garden hose to its opening, and duct tape the funnel itself to a ladder placed directly below the leak. Then, simply run the other end of the garden hose out of your home, either through a window or door, to carry water out as quickly as it comes in. For assistance, contact a roofer like Palmer Roofing.