Leaky roof

How Can You Fix a Leaking Roof?

We all love the sound of rain, it’s therapeutic. However, the last thing we want this winter is a leaking roof disrupting plans. Water leakage can quickly become a major issue, from mould and rot to serious property damage.

The good news is there are several indicators of a leaking roof, and some simple solutions to prevent disaster.

How can I tell if my roof is leaking?

Perhaps memories of an ugly mould stain from your first share house still haunt you to this day. Not only is mould a sign of a water leak, but long term exposure to mould can impact your health.

Discolouration on the ceiling is a clear-cut sign, and in a bad case will be followed by an actual drip if left too long.

Outside you would see moss or algae on the walls, which may be a quirky feature, but sadly it’s not the natural, eco-friendly look you should go for.

What causes a leaking roof?

There are two places water will come from;  roof pipes which always have the potential to break down, or rain.

Depending on the age of your property, natural deterioration of roof tiles or sheeting may see gaps appear. Roofing gaps, cracked, or missing tiles, or flashing imperfections could all allow for a leak.

Blocked gutters lead to a build-up of water, which has to go somewhere. It’s a bad sign if you see an overflow from your gutters, or nothing coming out of the downpipe during a downpour because water has to go somewhere and will likely find a way inside.

How to prevent leaks

The simplest step is an annual gutter clean. Removing leaves and debris will allow the water to flow freely and save you future worries. Gutter guards can help if you have a lot of trees surrounding your property and simply can’t keep up with the constant cleaning. If you have any issues with a blocked downpipe or blocked stormwater drain, don’t fret, contact us today and we can send a plumber out.

Attempting a DIY job as an early fix can prevent some damage, however, it may not fix everything.

That’s where Metropolitan Plumbing can come in! We specialise in leaking roof repairs and roof plumbing, providing a full examination and long term solutions, not just a temporary patch job.

What to do in an emergency

What if disaster hits and an unwanted pool is forming in the dining room? Metropolitan Plumbing operates 24/7 and we can have a plumber at your door within an hour* of your call, for ease of mind with any plumbing emergency repairs.

With a range of $0 deposit, interest free payment plans** you won’t have to worry about upfront, unexpected costs either.

While you wait, we recommend placing a bucket under the leak to catch water and surround the area with towels, to limit the damage.

Published: 2 Jun, 2020

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