Do you need roof leak repair services? The first decent rain after a dry spell can be very pleasant until you realise that you have a leaking roof.
There’s not much you can do about it while it’s still raining because getting up on to the roof is extremely hazardous in slippery conditions.
It’s also very hard to determine where the leak is when everything is wet. It’s quite likely to be nighttime anyway. All you can do is put a bucket under the leak to keep the floor dry. Then you should call Mr Emergency to come and fix the roof leak.
How Do You Know If Your Roof is Leaking?
You really can’t leave a roof leaking. Over time the damage to your ceiling will worsen dramatically and make for even more expensive repairs. A leaking roof is obvious most of the time – water is coming into the house when it shouldn’t be.
However, there are other signs of leaks that mean that something will have to be done such as:
- Water stains on the ceiling ringed with brown
- Exterior walls growing algae and moss
- Cracked or missing tiles
- Gutters overflowing
Repairing roof leaks is a job for the professionals. When you need roof leak detection and roof leak repairs, call the experts at Mr Emergency.
Your downpipes and gutters get water off your roof and away from your house, but this goes wrong when they get blocked by leaves.
Downpipes get completely blocked, and when that happens water fills the gutters completely and they overflow. The problem is that they don’t always overflow away from the house. Sometimes they leak back into the house.
Mr Emergency has years of experience in unblocking downpipes and stormwater drains. Even better, they can do it at any time you need them. We are an emergency plumbing business who operate 24/7 every day of the year. Mr Emergency can fix the problem promptly.
What Causes Roofs to Leak?
Roofs can be likened to the shields of our homes, constantly braving the elements. Over time, however, even the sturdiest roofs can spring a leak. But what actually causes these leaks?
For starters, age is a major factor. As roofing materials age, they become more susceptible to water intrusion. Inclement weather, especially hailstorms and high winds, can cause shingles to crack or blow off, leaving the underlayment exposed.
Another common culprit is flashing. Flashing is typically a thin piece of metal that’s installed at roof intersections, around chimneys, and at other vulnerable points to prevent water penetration. When this becomes damaged or is improperly installed, water can easily find its way in. Broken tiles can also cause leakages.
Next, let’s talk about blocked gutters. Over time, leaves, twigs, and other debris can accumulate in your gutters. When these aren’t regularly cleaned out, water can pool and seep under the shingles, causing rot and leaks.
Lastly, poor roof design or installation can lead to pooling water, improper shedding, and eventually leaks. It’s vital to ensure that your roof has an appropriate slope and that materials are installed correctly.
In a nutshell, while some leaks are a result of unpredictable circumstances, regular maintenance and timely inspections can help you steer clear of many potential problems. Regular inspections from the roofing specialists at Mr Emergency could be the answer.
Why Is This Happening?
Cracked tiles are often the source of a roof leak and are easily repaired with roofing silicone or simply replaced. Another potential source is the flashing around evaporative air conditioners, chimneys and skylights.
The flashing deteriorates over time and gets dislodged as does any silicone used to help seal it. You can get holes in rusty roof valleys – that’s the V-shaped channel in the “folds” of the roof.
Leaves can build up there and cause it to corrode. It can mean having to replace the whole metal valley. But really any part of your roof can develop a hole. Finding it takes the knowledge of an experienced roofing professional from Mr Emergency.
How Professionals Fix Roof Leaks
When you spot those dreaded ceiling stains or notice drips during a rainstorm, it’s likely you have a roof leak. So, how do the pros tackle these pesky intrusions? Let’s take a closer look.
First, a professional will identify the source of the leaky roof. This might sound straightforward, but water and water damage can be deceptive.
It can travel along beams or down walls, making the origin of the leak distant from the apparent wet spot. Roofers often start by examining common leak-prone areas like flashing, chimneys, and skylights.
Once the source is pinpointed, the repair process begins. If the leak is due to damaged shingles, they’ll likely be removed and replaced. Missing nails can be re-nailed, and if necessary, new underlayment can be installed beneath the shingles.
For issues with flashing, roofers will ensure that it’s properly sealed and snug against the roofing material, often using a roofing cement or sealant. If the flashing is beyond repair, it’ll be replaced.
If gutters are the culprit, they might be cleaned, realigned, or replaced to ensure proper water flow away from the roof.
Finally, after the main fix, professionals will do a water test – pouring water over the repaired area to ensure the problem is truly solved.
Remember, while DIY repairs are possible, professionals have the expertise to ensure your leaky roof is effectively and safely addressed. Don’t forget that climbing on the roof is potentially dangerous. A trained roofer can cope with your roof pitch and other elements without causing further damage.
From metal roofs to roof tiles, Mr Emergency can address the problem with more than just a temporary fix. Give us a call.
Interest Free** Roof Fix
Many house insurance policies cover roof leaks and the resulting water damage. Mr Emergency advises calling your insurance company to see if you are covered for roof leaks.
The cost of fixing your roof leak depends on how difficult the job is and what materials are used. You know that it requires immediate attention.
No matter what it might cost, Mr Emergency offers eligible customers a range of interest free** payment options.
Simply choose a payment plan with one of our providers, Zip or Humm. You get the flexibility of weekly, fortnightly or monthly instalments, depending on your choice of provider. Some plans even accept a $0 deposit, so there’s no upfront cost.
Your on-site technician can take you through the easy application process and approval usually takes only a few minutes. Then Mr Emergency can get on with your leaking roof repairs.
We also accept payment by cash, cheque, direct transfer and credit card (Visa, Mastercard or American Express). So, call Mr Emergency now before the bucket gets too full.
Roof leak detection is one of our specialties. Contact us today for your roof leak repair services.