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My roof is leaking—what should I do?

A leaky roof may not be as obvious as you’d think—until it’s too late. You may not notice any issue until a pool of water has already formed on your ceiling, signalling that significant damage has already been done.

For this reason, it’s important to take action the moment you’re aware of a leak. When disaster strikes, follow these steps to prevent larger issues from occurring:

1. Turn off the power

Before anything else, shut off electrical power to the area affected by the leak—this will prevent a potentially devastating electrical fire. For this reason, you should also unplug and remove any appliances that are under or near the water.

2. Collect the water

To prevent any drippage from spreading, place a large plastic bucket underneath the leak. Also, keep an eye on water build-up in the ceiling: if any pocket of liquid becomes too large, it can burst and rip down a portion of the ceiling. To avoid this, call a professional as soon as you notice small puddles.

3. Hire a Pro

Don’t attempt to fix an issue of this sort yourself—once you’ve followed the above steps, call a roofing specialist immediately. Roof leaks can be difficult to locate to the amateur eye; the point of entry is often entirely different from the area in which the water has collected in your ceiling.

4. Prep for future issues

To keep your roof from leaking in the future, you’ll need to invest in an annual roof inspection. At All Stars, we’re well-equipped to handle this for you: to learn more about our residential roofing services, click here.