I Have A Leak-Now What?

When it is raining outside and outside there is only so much you can do at the moment to stop the leak. However, there are some steps that you can take to mitigate the damage as well as reduce the total cost of repairs. Since you are not prepared for the leak, below are some of the things that you can do before a professional arrives.

Minimize interior damage
In most cases, the leak will most probably collect into a pool of water at the ceiling as it looks for an escape route. The water will find a penetration point, it can even be at a light fixture. With time it will find multiple escape routes. This could make the situation even worse and cause much more damage in the interior. You should check where there is a bulge. Poke the area and drain the water into a bucket. This not only minimizes interior damage but also minimizes the damage to the ceiling. After doing this call a professional.

Locate the entry point
This can be quite difficult while it is still raining. You need to start inspecting the inside such as from the attic. When looking for the leak, keep in mind that the leak in the roof will not always align with the leak in the ceiling. Water will generally travel down with gravity. Once you have located the point of entry you can temporarily repair it before an expert comes. You can use tarp or roofing tape. You can easily purchase these items from a convenience store. 

It is important to stress how important time is when it comes to a roof leak. You cannot just wait it out since the leak will not fix itself. However, it will just keep getting worse with time. When the damage is too large you might end up replacing the entire roof. Ensure that the leak is fixed by a professional.

For more information on water leak detection or sewer inspection, contact the team at Leak Doctor today. 

Top 5 Common Causes Of Roof Leaks

Moisture may be the greatest threat to any home and your roof is the front line of defense. When water seeps through, it can weaken beams, cause ceiling stains and even spur on mold growth. Roof leaks are a far greater concern than just a few drops...

Tips to Tell if Your Plumbing Pipes Are Worn Out

Although plumbing is designed to last for a very long time, eventually things like leaks and corrosion will begin to happen. This can begin costing you in money and high water bills if not addressed and repaired. Most people spend little time...

Preventing Your Pipes From Freezing

If there’s a warm day in the middle winter, it may be time to inspect your pipes to prevent them from freezing. Take precautionary measures can help prevent future issues down the roads. Here are a few tips to help prevent your pipes from...

How Can I Determine If A Leak Is Inside Or Outside?

A leak in your home can look small, but could end up causing a sizable amount of water damage. If you have a leak in your home, the most important thing to do is to locate the source. To do this, you will first need to be able to determine whether...

What Causes A Slab Leak?

Have you noticed damp spots on the floor and carpets? Are you experiencing lower water pressure than usual? These might be signs that you have a slab leak. A slab leak can be a big deal and a costly affair if left unresolved. Slab leaks often occur...

What Happens If You Ignore Leaks In Your Home?

Leaks Can Cause Expensive Home Damage A water leak in your home can be a cause for alarm, and for good reason. A leak generally means that one of your critical home systems has developed a problem. Paying for the large water bill is only the...

How To Read Your Water Meter

If you receive a water bill and you're a bit skeptical about the reading, worried you may have a leak or you're just curious, you may want to take a look at your water meter. It might look a bit complicated to interpret at first glance;...

Common Signs Of A Water Leak In The Home

Water leaks are a known issue and can occur to any, "pipes, plumbing fixtures, and fittings are a significant source of water waste for many households". Though they are not the most dangerous risk, they can definitely be costly. In fact,...

What Causes A Leaky Pipe?

Not only are leaky pipes a hassle, they can cause water damage to floors, ceilings, and other parts of your home that can be very expensive to fix. It is important to understand the most common causes of leaky pipes, so you can take steps to avoid...

How to Find Water Leaks in Your Home

Anyone who has owned a home understands that problems can arise. Severe storms can roll through and damage some important property. Appliances in the home can start to malfunction and lead to costly repairs. One of the common issues that people have...

What Happens During a Septic Inspection?

If you use a septic system and start smelling the odor of human waste around your house, you’ll need to get the septic system inspected to find out where the odor is coming from. A professional septic system repair service will inspect the...

The Leak Doctor can find your leak and fix it fast!
Call us today at (407) 426-9995 or (678) 251-7487 or use our quick and easy contact form to schedule your inspection. We service Orlando, The Villages, Tampa, Daytona Beach, Winter Park and the surrounding Central Florida area, in addition to the greater Atlanta, Georgia area.