What to Do if Your Roof Begins Leaking During a Storm

 Floridians are not afraid of storms. Even the most experienced Floridians can be caught unawares when the downpour outside starts pouring through our ceilings.

A leaky roof can be a stressful situation. Our top tips will help you keep your home dry, and minimize the damage.

Get rid of everything

If you are lucky, the leak will have escaped through a tile floor that has no other objects underneath or around it. Most of us aren’t so lucky.

Your leak could be right above rugs, furniture, or any other material that is easily damaged by water. These items must be removed immediately.

Protect carpets and other items that you are unable to move from your home with water protection. To protect your carpet or other items, you can use a tarp, plastic sheeting and a shower curtain. To catch any dripping water, you can place large pots or buckets directly underneath the leak.

Take off the roofing seal

You don’t have to worry about finding a permanent solution at this point. To stop water from entering, you just need to quickly close the hole. You can use liquid sealants such as “Flex Seal” or “Gorilla” to quickly fix the problem. These products are easily available in most hardware stores and relatively inexpensive. It’s a good idea to get one if you anticipate a storm coming in. This will allow you to have it on hand and avoid driving during bad weather.

Sealant sprays, roofing tapes, and tars can be used to create a strong seal over the area where the leak is. It’s dangerous to climb onto your roof during a storm. You will need to find the source of the leak through your attic. These seals can be directly applied to your attic ceiling, which will stop water from getting inside your home.

Get in touch with a professional repair team ASAP

While the sealant will protect your interior for a while, it is not going to protect your roof exterior or decking. After the storm passes, you will need to call professional roofers for repairs immediately.

Your roof may begin to rot if you don’t repair the leaky outer part before the next rainstorm. This could cause the seal to crack or even create a new one. The more water damage to your roof, the less durable it will become. It will also cost more to repair.

This post was written by Ted Williams! Ted is the owner of A Old Time Roofing which offers the best Pinellas County roofing! Ted is a Master Elite Weather Stopper GAF Roofing Contractor, a double award winner of Best Steep-Slope Contractor from GAF and achiever of Master Elite Consumer Protection Excellence from GAF. He has been serving the Pinellas County area since 1978. Old Time Roofing has a tradition of quality workmanship, servicing residential and commercial properties.