How to deal with a roof leak

How to deal with a roof leak

With the persistent storms we have been experiencing in the UK in the last few months, many householders may have experienced leaky roofs. If there is significant damage, you may need to call a professional; however, there are temporary measures you can take to prevent further leaks. Read on for a few useful tips.

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Find the source

The first thing to do is to find the source of the leak. This may be tricky, as the entry point may be away from the damp patch or drips. You may have to venture up on the roof or into the loft to find where the water is coming in.

Protect your belongings

Put a bucket or other container underneath the drips and lay rags or towels around it to catch any excess. You should also move anything nearby, such as electronics and furniture, or cover it with plastic sheets so it doesn’t become damaged.

Temporary fix

Checkatrade recommends drawing a circle around the leak to show the original size and location before you begin to repair it.

You can use a roof sealant on the leaking area to stop any more water coming in. There are several types of roof sealant available from suppliers such as

Outside, you can use a sealant or roof tape before putting a large piece of tarpaulin over the area, making sure it is tethered with strong rope and pulled tight to stop the water from pooling.

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Keep safe

Before carrying out any repair work to a roof, it is important to consider health and safety. Don’t carry out any inspection or work alone, as you need someone on hand to steady your ladder and make sure you don’t slip and fall. Use a ladder that is sturdy and the right height for where you need to reach, and wear non-slip shoes with good grip. Avoid being on the roof when it is wet and slippery. If the roof is steep and you don’t feel confident, you should call a professional.