What to do if you have a leaking roof [ Infographic ]

Posted on 25 June 2024

A leaking roof is more than just a nuisance. It’s a potential threat to your home’s integrity and your family’s safety. Whether it’s a small drip or a steady stream, addressing a leaking roof promptly is crucial to prevent further damage and costly repairs. Here’s a comprehensive guide on what to do if you find yourself facing this common household dilemma.

what to do if you have a leaking roof

Assess the Situation Roof Pointing in Grimsby

The first step is to assess the extent of the damage. Look for signs of water stains on the ceiling, peeling paint, or damp spots on the walls. If water is actively dripping, place buckets or containers to catch the water and prevent it from spreading further.

Safety First

Safety should always be your top priority. If the leak is severe or if you’re unsure about accessing your roof safely, it’s best to leave it to the professionals. Climbing onto a wet or slippery roof without proper equipment and training can be extremely dangerous.

Locate the Source 

Identifying the source of the leak is essential for effective repair. While the point where water enters your home may not always align with the actual source on the roof, inspecting the attic or crawl space can provide valuable clues. Look for wet insulation, water stains, or signs of mould growth.

Temporary Measures 

While waiting for professional help or before you can address the issue permanently, you can take some temporary measures to mitigate the damage. Tarpaulins or waterproof sheets can be used to cover the affected area and prevent water from seeping in further. However, keep in mind that these are only temporary solutions and should not substitute for proper repairs.

Clear Debris 

Debris such as leaves, branches, or other materials can obstruct the flow of water on your roof and contribute to leaks. Safely remove any debris that may have accumulated. Making sure you pay close attention to gutters and downspouts, which are common areas for blockages. 

DIY Repair or Professional Help? 

The decision to tackle the repair yourself or enlist the help of professionals depends on several factors. Including, the extent of the damage, your level of expertise, and the accessibility of the roof. While minor repairs such as replacing missing shingles or sealing small cracks may be feasible for DIY enthusiasts, more extensive damage or complex issues should be left to experienced roofing contractors.

Consultation and Estimates

If you decide to hire a professional roofer, schedule a consultation to assess the damage and discuss possible solutions. Request detailed estimates from multiple contractors to compare prices and services offered. Choose a reputable contractor with a track record of quality workmanship and customer satisfaction.

How do I know if I need a new roofPrevention Measures

Prevention is always better than cure when it comes to roof leaks. Regular roof inspections and maintenance can help identify possible issues before they turn into major problems. Keep gutters clean and free of debris, trim overhanging branches, and check your roof for signs of damage after severe weather events.

Invest in Quality Materials

When it’s time for roof repairs or replacement, invest in quality materials that are designed to withstand the elements and provide long-lasting protection. While it may be tempting to cut costs by opting for cheaper alternatives, skimping on quality can end up costing you more in the long run in terms of repairs and replacements.

A leaking roof is a homeowner’s nightmare. However, with quick action and proper precautions, you can minimise the damage and restore the integrity of your home. From checking the situation and making sure its safe to temporary fixes and long-term solutions, taking the right steps can make all the difference in protecting your home and ensuring your family’s comfort and safety. Remember, when in doubt, it’s always best to seek professional help rather than risking further damage with DIY attempts.

Contact us  

To hire us for roof replacement in Grimsby, get in touch. Call us on 01472 565 084 or send a message via the form on the website to reach our friendly team. We’re on hand to tell you more about our roof range and repair services and provide you with a competitive quote for the work you require. 

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Shawn Bosworth
Chris and his apprentice were brilliant! Came out in the miserable rain and made my roof water tight again. I had several quotes from other roofers, cowboys trying to milk my desperation for silly money. Chris was honest, fair and reasonably priced. Highly recommended, thanks!
mark appleby
Extremely Happy with Job!Chris, Quickly assessed the roof and gave options on what could be done.Once Date Agreed, delivered on time with a very professional looking job. Job was in Feb and Chris and Team went out of their way to get the job done even though weather was bad at end of week. They left Work area very clean. Highly reccomend them!
Bev Barley
Thanks for doing a first class job would highly recommend Chris for a job well done
Robert Meadows
Mike Downs
Fantastic, would recommend to anyone who needs roof work. Polite, helpful and super fast. Thanks so much.
Lisa McMahon
Had a leak from my roof. Chris came out the same day althoughthe weather wasn't good. He surveyed the roof and found the problem immediately (a tile had slipped), took photo's before and after replacing the slipped tile. I asked how much I owed him - he said there was NO charge as it was a quick repair. What a lovely, kind, genuine guy! Would highly recommended him and his company.
Roland Packer
We recently had the roof on our extension replaced by raven roofing. Chris and his young helper couldn't have been more helpful. Work done to a very high standard. Quote honoured to the penny. Genuinely nice people and a real pleasure to do business with. Will definitely call them for the services they offer, when needed.
Michelle Packer
Can’t recommend this company enough. Did a great job on our roof , very friendly team , punctual, good quality work and good value for money . Many thanks
Carol Howden
Very friendly team and carried out a great job. Arrived and just got on with the job. Looks great
andrew engeham
Competitive price and excellent workmanship.Highly recommended.
Keith Brown
Great company great service
John Hornsby
Came on time very Satisfied with wat was done. Will be using them again if needed
Omer Khalifa
renegade jokerrr
Fantastic service! Nice and friendly guys! Very quick work! Great customer service! If I need any repairs in the future i will use Raven again.
Margaret Dabb
After being let down by another firm i rang Chris in desperation. Within an hour he arrived, looked at work, discussed, priced and booked a date. Arrived on time, everything ran like clockwork even in the awful heat they had to work through. Very well organised, very tidy, would have no hesitation in recommending his work. Many thanks
Zoe Gibbons
Can’t recommend Chris and his team more, they were all friendly, polite and efficient and left my patio tidier than it was before! Nothing was too much trouble and good quality work and price. I’d definitely recommend Raven Roofing to all my friends and family.
Alan Grosschmidt
Would Recommend Raven Roofing.We had new gutters and facias fitted all round the house.We were really pleased with the completed job.I did point out a minor oversight, which Chris promptly dealt with.The quote for the job was very competitive and I doubt you could get it done cheaper.So deserves 5 Stars.
Andrea Goforth
Was very happy with the prompt, professional, and friendly service provided by this company . They were so quick to help me out and repair a badly storm damaged roof. It is such a joy to have a service provider come when they say they will! Reasonable price and good quality workmanship too . Thank you, Raven Roofing .
We had the tiles down the gulley re-bedded.Very professional and cleaned up afterwards. Really friendly and very kind guy and we will definitely be using Raven Roofing again in the new year to do our guttering! Thanks Chris 👍🏻
Mike Prior
they repaired a dislodged tile free of charge. Just asked To be remembered for other works and telling my friends
Sally Melton
Had a skylight fitted. Excellent service, fitted my job in even though extremely busy. Was absolutely delighted the attention to detail was perfect. Made sure everything was tidied up and taken away. Thank you again. Would highly recommend.
Ali Wickham
Peter Hogarth
These guys did a great job repointing my roof gulleys
Pamela Blow
Samantha Blow
Excellent service, I would highly recommend :)
Derek Coates
Chris promptly repaired the front guttering which is now ok.
Lee Popham
Rang raven to come and fix my roof after last months storm, came next day and repaired, very happy with service and price, will definitely use again.
Mark Barnard
Very good reliable service all work guaranteed
kevin langley
When we needed urgent roof repairs, Raven Roofing & Repairs came to the rescue. Great quality work undertaken by true professionals.
Steve Nowell
I recently had repairs done to my roof. The response and service were excellent, nothing was too much trouble and the work carried out effectively and efficiently
Kelly Brewer
Excellent service, recently had repairs carried out on my house roof, Chris was really friendly, work carried out to a great standard at a great price 🙂
We have used Raven Roofing several times for small repairs as we didn't want to go to the expense of a new roof, but recent torrential rain forced us to accept we needed a new roof. We were dreading the bill but Raven Roofing were very reasonable (not sure if I'm allowed to say how much).The scaffolding arrived and was put up promptly, Raven Roofing arriving a couple of days later to start work, the only delays were due to bad weather and Raven Roofing contacted us to let us know about any delays which we really liked, usually builders don't bother. Raven roofing were polite, friendly and courteous at all times.Out roof was completely stripped and replaced in a week, all rubbish was removed and the gardens left looking tidy.The roof itself looks fantastic...we are very very pleased and highly recommend Raven Roofing.