Roofing leaks are tough. We spoke the team at Snap Construction to see exactly what to do when you have a roofing leak in Minneapolis.
The moment you spot that tell-tale drip of water coming down from your ceiling, it might be tempting to freak out. But if you maintain a crystal clear head and adhere to the right steps, you’ll get it fixed in no time. Here’s a walkthrough of the steps you should take when you notice a roof leak.
Try to find the leak’s source. The greater part of roof leaks originate from areas where the shingles are weakened or missing; spots where flashing around chimneys, vents, or other outcroppings is corroded or pulled up; holes where nails have worked themselves loose; or stopped up gutters.
If possible, try a DIY fix. Depending on the severity of the issue, you may be able to fix the leak yourself when you discover the source. If the issue is damaged sealing around flashing, for example, you may manage to apply roof tar to seal it back up, or you can clean out gutters and downspouts.
Contact a professional. In many cases, fixing the leak on your own isn’t realistic, especially if you have an older roof. A qualified roofer will discover (or verify) the exact cause of the leak and take the steps to deal with it appropriately. Along with knowing the job is carried out right, you’ll have the added bonus of staying clear of potentially harmful trips up on top of your roof with a ladder.