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Addressing a Roof Leak: A Step-by-Step Guide

As a homeowner, discovering a roof leak is one of the most stressful situations you can face. At United Contracting & Roofing, we understand how alarming it can be to see water spots on your ceiling or feel the telltale musty odor of water damage. With thousands of satisfied clients across Atlanta, northern Georgia, and upstate South Carolina, our family-owned business has helped countless home and business owners solve their roofing woes.

If your roof is leaking, don’t panic! Take the following steps to mitigate the damage, and let our team take care of the repairs. We can have a team at your home or place of business within 24 hours for emergency repairs.

1. Contain the Roof Leak

The first thing you need to do is contain the water to prevent further damage. Use a bucket, pot, garbage can, or any container you have at hand to catch the water. If you can access your attic, place the container under the leak. If not, put it under the ceiling spot where the water is pooling. This simple step can save you from costly repairs by minimizing water damage to your home’s interior.

2. Identify the Leak Source

Once you’ve contained the water, it’s time to find where the leak is coming in. This can be tricky, as the source of the leak is often not directly above the water spot. Most roof leaks are within a foot to the right or left of where you see the water. Look for any signs of water running down pipes or other structures in your attic. However, remember that pinpointing the exact source might require professional expertise.

3. Protect Your Belongings

Water damage can ruin your most valuable possessions, so move or cover important items to prevent them from getting wet. If moving an item is possible, do it. Use tarps or plastic sheeting to protect furniture, electronics, and other items that cannot be easily moved. This will help minimize the damage and reduce the risk of mildew and mold.

4. Relieve Water Pressure

If you notice a bulge in your ceiling, it means water is collecting at that spot. Place a bucket underneath to catch the water, then puncture the lowest point of the bulge to release the water and prevent the damage from spreading. This might seem counterintuitive, but it’s crucial to relieve the pressure to avoid more severe damage across a larger space.

5. Document the Damage

Take photos of all the damage caused by the leak. Document any affected areas, including ceilings, walls, and personal belongings. This is essential if you need to file an insurance claim. While homeowners insurance typically covers damage caused by unexpected events like storms, documenting everything will support your claim process.

6. Call a Professional Roofing Company

Contact a trusted local roofing company for an inspection and repair. At United Contracting & Roofing, we pride ourselves on professionalism and expertise. We will address your roof leak promptly and effectively. Call immediately for a complimentary inspection, and our team can be on site within 24 hours to assess the damage and begin repairs.

7. Get a Repair Estimate

Our professional inspector will provide you with a detailed estimate for the repair once they’ve assessed the situation. They will thoroughly explain the necessary repairs and the associated costs, ensuring you understand every step of the process. For minor repairs, we can often complete the job on the same day. For more extensive damage, we’ll schedule a repair date that works for you and tarp the affected area to prevent further water intrusion.

8. Repair and Water Test

Once you approve the estimate, we’ll proceed with the repair. Our experienced team will fix the leak, ensuring your roof is restored to its full integrity. After the repair, we’ll conduct a water test to confirm the leak is fully resolved. This involves running water over the repaired area to check for any remaining issues. Our commitment to quality means that our team will get the job done right the first time.

Preventing Future Roof Leaks

Routine maintenance your best guarantee against future roof leaks. Regularly inspect your roof, especially after severe weather, to catch any potential issues early. Follow our full seasonal roof maintenance checklist to ensure you protect your largest asset. If you have any concerns about the state of your roof, contact us today for a free inspection.

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At United Contracting & Roofing, we’re dedicated to protecting your home and ensuring your peace of mind. Our 5-star rating reflects our commitment to quality and customer satisfaction. If you’re dealing with a roof leak, don’t hesitate to reach out. Let our family take care of you. Contact us today to schedule an inspection and keep your home safe and dry.

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