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5 Signs You Need Emergency Roof Leak Repair

It is incredibly important to take care of a leaking roof ASAP. Here are 5 signs you need to call an emergency roof leak repair service.

Hammer on roof's shingles. Left by a McCoy Roofing worker before doing a roof replacement.

Are you worried that your roof has a leak in it you’ve yet to find? Do you fear that one night, you’ll wake up to an unpleasant surprise? If so, then you need to learn all that you can about emergency roof leak repair.

Doing so can help you protect your property and belongings from disaster. If a leak sits for too long, it can lead to water damage, mold growth, and more. The costs of repairs and replacement will only continue to grow.

See below for an in-depth guide on the warning signs that you need to hire a roof leak repair service right away.

Signs You Need Emergency Roof Leak Repair

1. Water Stains on Your Ceiling

Don’t get it twisted, if you ever see a brown spot in your ceiling, you need to contact a roof leak repair service right away. The urgency at which you should do so depends on the size of the water damage.

If the brown spot is the size of an orange or smaller, then a routine roof leak repair service will have time to come in and repair it. If it’s larger than that, then you’ll need to schedule an emergency repair to ensure the ceiling doesn’t collapse.

Be warned, not all water stains are prevalent. They can sometimes appear in corners, thus hiding their appearance. The discoloration could be an indication of a significant leak, mold growth, or a collection of dirt, dust, and debris in the stagnant water puddle above.

Pay attention to the details of the water stain, ask yourself these questions and report the answers to the professional roof repair service you hire:

  • Is the water stain bubbling or sagging?
  • Do you see any visible cracks around the stain?
  • Can you hear a faint sound of running water?
  • How dark is the spot? What color is it?

Here at McCoy Roofing, we can help you with any residential roof repair needs. We include a no-obligation inspection for every client, so that we can give you a free estimate.

2. Water Dripping From the Ceiling

This one might be a bit obvious, but it’s harder to detect than most people think. At first, the leak might only be a drop or two each hour, making it seem more like an anomaly than a cause for concern.

If you feel that you might have a leak, start by checking the attic. Are there any noticeable holes or cracks in the roof above? Do you see any puddled or stagnant water on top of the ceiling?

As soon as you notice a leak, you must take the proper action. First, start by moving all of your valuables out of the way. That includes all furniture, electronics, or prized possessions. Anything that can be moved, should be moved.

Next, find a way to contain the water. Grab a bucket or bowl (the larger, the better) and place it underneath the leak in the ceiling.

Call an emergency roof leak repair company right away, then take pictures of the leak and any damage it’s done to the walls, floors, or your belongings—this will be essential for insurance purposes.

3. Spots on the Walls

Unfortunately, some roof leaks aren’t as obvious as a dripping area or brown spot located on the ceiling. Some leaks can go undetected for a long time if they aren’t in plain sight.

If you fear that you have a leak, take a walk around your property and assess the condition of your exterior walls. Pay close attention to the top of the wall and the corners touching the roof/overhang.

Do you see water spots on your walls? If so, then there is some form of water leak inside your walls. This leak could be coming from the roof or a pipe in your plumbing system.

If you notice that your walls are morphing on the inside or outside, have a roofing company come take a look; it’s better to be safe than sorry.

4. Your Roof is in Bad Shape

If you’re ever in doubt of your roof’s condition, leak, or no leak, there’s only one way to get an answer: inspect the roof.

If you want to double-check the condition before you contact a professional, then climb up to the roof and assess its layout. Are there any missing shingles? Do you notice any cracks? Are there any puddles that have formed on your roof?

While you’re up there, grab a flashlight and—carefully—check the downspouts in your gutter system for debris. That debris must be removed to avoid complications with the gutter system, which brings us to our last point…

5. Your Gutters Are Sagging

This isn’t a roof leak in the typical sense of the word. However, it can lead to catastrophic damage if it isn’t fixed.

Gutters only sag for one reason: they’re holding too much weight. This is generally a sign that there’s an excess of water in them due to a clog in the downspout or somewhere in the gutters.

If left unfixed, the entire gutter system will give out. This can lead to mold growth, cracks in your foundation, shattered windows, and more.

Invest in Emergency Roof Leak Repair Right Away

If you’ve decided that you need emergency roof leak repair for your situation, then don’t wait any longer to get professional assistance.

Find out what you should ask a roofing contractor before you hire them. To get started, call us at 402-616-7304 to schedule a free inspection.