It’s a nightmare for homeowners to discover a leak in their new roofing. But before you get frustrated with your roof installer, have them inspect your roof and resolve the issue as soon as possible. Remember that your new roof is still probably covered by warranty, so you can get it fixed without spending any more money.
In the unfortunate event that your contractor won’t be able to perform the necessary services (for example, if they turned out to be unlicensed or the manufacturer declines to honor the warranty by claiming that your roof wasn’t installed by a qualified professional), the best thing to do would be to find a trustworthy contractor to repair my roof.
Leaks in new roofs are often caused by installation errors, and solving this kind of problem could be as simple as adding a sealant to stop the leak. In other cases, manufacturing defects are the culprits behind leaks in new roofs. To be sure and to confirm that it’s really your roof that’s leaking, you should call a professional immediately.
Meanwhile, here are a few tips on what you should do if your new roof starts leaking.
How to Deal With a Leaking Roof
It may take a while for some roofing contractors to arrive at your home, especially if the weather condition is bad. In this case, here are some things that you can do to minimize damage and ensure your safety.
- Grab buckets or containers to catch and hold dripping water. You may think of covering up the leaking areas, but this may only cause the water to leak elsewhere and potentially damage the other areas of your home.
- If you’re certain that a leak is present but no water is flowing down, you may need to drain the water by poking holes on the areas where you suspect the leaks are located. This will help release the water and prevent the problem from worsening. Make sure to have a bucket ready before attempting to drain the water.
- Remove all the items in your home that could get damaged by water. It would be best to move your electrical appliances and other personal belongings to a dry area. But if it’s not possible to move them to another location, you can cover them with plastic or other waterproof material instead.
- Take detailed notes as well as pictures of the leak and affected areas. These would definitely come handy when filing an insurance claim.
Are There Still Leaks After Repair?
If leaks are still present even after your contractor has checked your roof, the problem could be any of the following:
- Wrong Diagnosis – It can sometimes be difficult to pinpoint the source of the leak, and it’s easy even for roofing professionals to miss this. However, you should also consider the possibility that your roof may not really be the problem or something else, aside from your roof, is causing the problem.
- Wrong Materials – Be careful in hiring cheap contractors because they may be using substandard materials. Low-quality materials and roofing products might just give you more troubles down the road.
- Home Is Starting to Settle – This means that your foundation could be moving away from its original location. If new cracks appear or old ones reappear in your roofing, you might want to have your entire home inspected by a professional.
All things considered, one of the best ways to avoid leaks in your new roof is to hire a reliable contractor, who will ensure that the installation is done correctly the first time. BFARR Contracting has been in the industry for several years. With our dedication to excellent craftsmanship, local homeowners come to us for roof repair, storm damage, and other roofing needs. Call us at (321) 444-6446 or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate.