One source of frustration for property owners is a leaking roof, whether on the main part of the property, an extension or conservatory, or even an outside building such as a freestanding garage or shed. It can often be difficult to determine the correct course of action to get it repaired, especially in an emergency.

At Property Rescue Services, we wish to help you restore your property to normal as quickly as possible whenever you’ve suffered a leak in your roof. That is why we have created this guide, giving expert advice on what to do when your property requires repair work.

If you live in London or have a business based in London, we are also able to send a fully trained team to carry out leak detection and repair work on your property. Contact us and speak with a member of staff today if you would like this, or read on if you’d prefer to handle the task yourself.

Signs of a Leak on Your Property

Before you know for certain that you have a leaking roof, there are a number of signs you can watch for, in order to confirm it:

  • Mould growing on the interior or exterior walls
  • Water stains or damp patches on walls and ceilings
  • Drips or moisture in interior spaces
  • Damp marks on exterior faces of walls

If you are able, you may also consider checking your roof in any attic spaces in your property. If there are holes, these may also be the cause of any leaks, whether current or in the future.

Why You Should Repair a Leaking Roof Right Away

It’s important to remember that the problem of a leaking roof will not get better on its own. In dry weather, there may not be an issue, but when the weather turns to heavy rain again, it will quickly become an emergency that could have been fixed earlier. It may also cause more damage to your property, which will cost you more to repair in the long run.

Containing the Leak

Whenever you have a leaking roof in any building or extension, your first task will always be to minimise the damage to your property by containing it. Catch the water in a suitable vessel, such as a bucket, using tea towels to silence the dripping noise that will inevitably come with it. If you suspect there is a large amount of water that needs to come through, such as a buildup after heavy rain, then you may also need to puncture a small hole in your ceiling to let it through.

Doing this ensures damage to your property is minimised, and the cost to repair any parts of your property is kept low.

Once you have placed the container underneath the leak, you should contact your home insurance provider right away in order to make a claim.

Repairing a Leaking Roof on Your Property

How you should repair your leaking roof all depends on the type of roof you have. The three most common roofing materials in the UK are tiles, shingle and asphalt, and each of these should be fixed in a different way.

For instance, you will need to assess if a roof tile or several roof tiles are broken beyond repair before taking the next step. If they are only cracked, you may be able to apply sealant and carefully set them back in place. Placing more sealant on top of this will hold them in. Tiles that are broken beyond repair will need removing and replacing. Shingle will also require replacing.

Asphalt, on the other hand, will require a coat of primer on and around the damaged area, before being left to dry. Patching material should then be applied and smoothed out with a roller.

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Finding a Flat Roof Leak Through the Flashing

If your property or an extension has a flat roof, there is a chance that the leak is coming from its flashing or step flashing (flashing which is bent 90 degrees in the centre). These are thin, continuous sheets of metal or other materials which prevent water from entering the property at an angle, or joint. You may wish to check any flashing on your property for signs of cracks, damage or rust. If any are found, you may either place new flashing underneath the old material or just replace it entirely.

Chimneys and Chimney Flashing

It is possible for cracks to form in the brickwork of chimneys or their veneers and for their flashing to rust after years of use. To prevent further leaks in heavy rain, you may wish to use a sealant to fill in any gaps or cracks that are letting water through. If the flashing is broken or worn down from rusting and years of use, this will need to be replaced.

What to Do if a Garage Roof is Leaking

If your garage is not attached to your home or is fitted as an extension, the best option for you may be to waterproof the entire roof. To do this, you should start by cleaning off the roof, which may require a pressure washer. After this, use roofing cement or mortar to cover any cracks that may have formed. Once this is done, apply a sealant to the garage to waterproof it.

Repairing a Leak Through a Skylight

If your skylight can open and close, the first measure you should take is to ensure nothing is preventing it from fully closing. For instance, debris such as leaves and twigs may have fallen into the drainage channel or may be blocking weather seals. It is also possible that the weather seals have become worn from use, as this is one of the most common causes of skylight leaks. If this is the case, all you will need to do is replace them.

The second most common cause of skylight leaks is a crack in the glass. All you will be able to do in this case is ensure the glass gets replaced as soon as possible.

Repairing a Leaking Conservatory Roof

While we would not recommend you attempting to fully replace a conservatory roof by yourself, there are some issues which cause leaks that you can mend quickly. Replacing one roof panel or vent is often enough to take care of the leak. You may also consider re-applying sealant to fix the problem.

You should be certain to take all necessary precautions when carrying out this work on your conservatory. It should never be attempted in heavy rain, storms or other forms of bad weather, and if you cannot find the source of the leak after exhausting all of your options, do not attempt it any further. Instead, contact a specialist with experience in fixing different types of roofs.

What to Do if a Shed Roof is Leaking

What you should do if a shed roof is leaking all depends on the type of roof your shed has, and which part is experiencing the leak. Here, we have provided advice on a standard felt shed roof, with a ridge or pent design.

Fixing the Felt

When left to its own devices, a ripped or torn shed roof felt can allow water inside, which will cause damage to the structure and could potentially ruin anything you are keeping in storage. The steps needed to repair this part of your shed include:

  • Removing your shed finials and fascia boards with a hammer or screwdriver
  • Untacking and removing the damaged felt
  • Measuring and cutting the new felt to the appropriate size
  • Smoothing out and nailing down the new felt
  • Re-affixing your finials and fascia boards

Repairing the Ridge

Repairing the ridge in an apex shed roof may vary, depending on the material used in the structure. If you have a broken roof tile, shingle or roofing sheet, it’s likely that the leak has been caused by a crack, tear or damage to a single piece. You may fix the leak by removing this piece. Sealants are also available if you cannot remove the damaged section.

Repairing a Pent Shed

With a pent shed roof, you will need to identify the area that is causing the leak. Once you have, you will need to remove it and get it replaced. To ensure a secure fit, you must make sure the correct fixings are used. Sometimes it is possible to use the same fixings from the damaged section you have removed, but this will not always be the case.

Finding the Source with Professional Roof Leak Detection

If you are unsure where the leak in your property is coming from and this is giving you cause for concern, you can also speak to a professional service about carrying out electronic leak detection on your property. This service will find the source of the problem in a short amount of time, giving you peace of mind that it can then be repaired. It is also something we are able to provide for your property.

If you are interested in having leak detection services carried out for your property, please contact us and speak with a member of our team today.

Contacting Specialist Roof Leak Repair Services

It is only natural that you may wish to repair any leak in your roof by yourself. After all, your property is your responsibility. However, we would advise against this wherever possible, especially if you do not have much DIY experience. If the work isn’t completed correctly, you may be leaving the root cause behind. This will simply “store” the problem until your roof repairs need further maintenance, which may make any issues worse. Ultimately, larger issues will also cost more to repair.

It is also dangerous to carry out a large amount of repair work on your roof if you have no experience. This is something we would always suggest you avoid. Instead, it is highly recommended that you contact a professional roofing contractor or property maintenance firm to do the work for you.

Call Us to Repair Your Property’s Leaking Roof

Here at Property Rescue Services, we are ready and waiting to assist whenever a London-based client needs help fixing a leak problem in their roof. Whether a broken tile is allowing water in, a flat roof has issues with its flashing, or heavy rain is making its way through a skylight, we will have the solution. So, if you’ve been experiencing problems with a leaking roof, we are certain we will be able to help.

Our dedicated team will provide your property with the emergency repair work it needs, while keeping our disruption to your day to a minimum. Everything will be completed at a cost which suits you, as well.

If you are based in London and your commercial or residential property is experiencing a leak, contact us right away via the phone or our given email address. We can arrive at your location in a short amount of time to carry out the repair work you need.