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What To Do When Your Roof Starts Leaking.

There’s nothing more frustrating than a leaking roof. The water drips and puddles can be dangerous and damaging to your home and belongings, not to mention unappealing. But don’t get discouraged—there are many things you can do at home to stop or prevent this problem from getting worse. 

In fact, many leaks can be repaired or prevented with some quick action on your part. By following these steps and tips, you’ll be able to handle the job yourself before calling in a professional:

Locating the leak.

When you notice a leak, it’s important to act quickly. If you have time, take a look at the following areas:

  • Look for water stains on wood trim or moldy insulation around the perimeter of your attic access door. If you see any signs of moisture damage in these areas, call a professional immediately and make sure they check for leaks before moving forward with repairs.
  • The eaves and gutters. Check that all shingles are in good condition (no holes or missing pieces), then check underneath them as well as underneath any flashing around windows or doors–you may find evidence of leaks if there is any deterioration here! 

Stop the leak.

Can’t stop the leak, you can’t fix the problem. If you can’t stop the leak, you can’t find out where it is coming from. And if you can’t stop the leak, then all of your hard work repairing or replacing parts of your roof will be wasted because eventually those areas will fail again due to ongoing water damage.

Determine if you can fix it yourself.

If you have experience with roof repairs, or if it’s a small leak, then you can try to fix it yourself. If you are not sure about what you are doing, hire a professional.

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Find a roofing contractor.

The first thing you should do is find a roofing contractor. Look for one with a good reputation, who has insurance and will stand behind their work. You should also be sure to ask if they will clean up after themselves at the end of each day.

Is this a do-it-yourself job?

Homeowners with some basic skills, and if you have some time to spare, then yes! You can fix a leaky roof. There are many different types of roofs out there, so it’s important that you know what type of shingles are on your home before starting any repairs. The first step is to determine where exactly the leak is coming from–is it in an area where water has pooled? 

Patch roof leaks.

  • Patch roof leaks.

If you have a small leak, you may be able to fix it yourself with a few tools from your garage or home improvement store. You’ll need a hammer and nails (or screws), but don’t use too much force when tapping the nail into place; it’s better for the shingle to be slightly loose than too tight so that water can seep out from underneath the shingles instead of pooling up inside them and causing more damage over time. 

Leaks are serious business and need to be taken care of quickly and professionally.

Leaks are serious business and need to be taken care of quickly and professionally. If you have a leak in your roof, it can cause damage to the interior of your home. Water can seep into walls and ceilings, causing mold and mildew to grow on the surface of drywall or other materials. When this happens, it’s not only a health hazard but also an aesthetic issue that may require costly repairs.

Leaky roofs also cause wood rot on rafters and joists underneath them due to prolonged exposure to moisture levels above what they were built for (wood does not like water!). This structural damage could lead up being costly if left unchecked for too long – especially if you’re dealing with older homes!


If you have a leaky roof, it’s important to get it repaired immediately before the damage gets worse and more expensive. You can do this by finding a professional roofing contractor who can inspect your roof and give you a quote on how much it will cost. If you’re not sure if this is something that needs professional attention or not, then check out our article on DIY vs hiring someone else to do home repairs before making any decisions!

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