What to do When You Have a Leaky Roof

Leaking roof repair emergency metro Vancouver

Residents of Southern BC and the Vancouver area are more than a little familiar with precipitation. In this damp climate, roofs of any kind take a pounding all year from rain and snow, which can unfortunately cause the roof to spring a few leaks. Whether you have a leaky roof that is gradually getting worse, or are in need of emergency roof repairs, the experts at Taves Roofing are here to help. For more than 25 years we have been keeping residents all over Vancouver and the Lower Mainland safe and dry under our roofs, and we are ready to help you take care of any leaks your roof has sprung as well. Before you give us a call however, there are a few things you can do to reduce the damage that leak is doing to your roof and the rest of your home.

Spot the Leak, Cut Down on Water Buildup

The first thing to do is to search for the exact point where the leak has sprung. This may not always be as simple as finding the spot where water is dripping down into your house. You should look for points on the ceiling where paint or plaster is beginning to peel or bubble, and also keep an eye out for any water stains. Once you have located the spot where water is getting in, take a screwdriver or something similar, and poke a hole in the ceiling. This may seem counter productive at first, but it will actually help centralize the point where water builds up under the roof, which takes pressure off the roof itself and reduces the amount of structural damage to your home cause by the buildup of water. Once the leak is draining into your house, you’ll want to get a bucket or bin to contain the run off. To avoid that annoying dripping sound, try placing a board on an angle inside the bucket.

Should You Fix It Yourself?

Once you’ve isolated and identified the leak, you may think that it might be a good idea to patch the roof yourself or get the household handy-man to take care of it. While this will certainly save you time and money, in the long run it might not be such a good idea. A good roofer will be able to look beyond the leak in front of them, and will thoroughly inspect the entire area to find any other damaged parts of the roof. Your average DIY expert won’t consider the extent of the damage done to the roof beyond the leak, and may leave some crucial components damaged. They may also inadvertently do some damage to the shingles or other parts of the roof during their repair job, which is never good. To be on the safe side, and to get the peace of mind that comes with a job done right, its best to call in an expert to fix the roof.

Act Quickly

Once you find a leak, it is extremely important that you decide what to do about it right away. Residents in Vancouver especially know how quickly the rainy weather can spring up in the area, making it vital that you get a leak in your roof repaired within 48 hours of finding it. At Taves Roofing, we offer emergency roof repair services that are fast, reliable and affordable, so you can feel warm and safe from the rain under your roof again. Give us a call at 604-524-6695 or visit our Contact Us Page.