As a homeowner, finding out that your composite shingle roof is leaking, is a horrible experience. At the same time, you start to panic, as you need to take immediate action, to prevent the leak from causing extensive damage to your roof and other household items. Keep in mind if you decide to not take action, it causes a significant amount of damage in the future. Here are three simple steps you should follow, after spotting a leak on your composite shingle roof:
Remove furniture or other household items away from the leak
You should start to move all your household items away from the leak. Keep these items in an area with good ventilation, to speed up the drying process. If you are unable to move some of the items, you should cover them with plastic sheets. However, after you are done fixing the problem, remove the plastic covering, so that the material can breathe, allowing them to dry completely.
Identify the area of the leak and create a temporary cover
The first thing you need to do is find out the exact location of the leak. You should know that it isn’t necessary that the source of the leak will align with the problem on your ceiling. Once you identify the area of the leak, you should create a secondary hole, to relieve any excess pressure.
You should create a temporary cover with tarp or roofing tape. Avoid using screws or nails, as you can damage the composite shingle roof. You can apply these materials from your attic, which should fix the situation for the time being. If you can’t cover the leak, the next step is to use buckets to catch the water.
Get in touch with a professional roofing company
Now that the situation is under control temporarily, you should get in touch a professional roofing company, who specializes in composite shingle roofs. Avoid trying to fix the problem by yourself, as it is not easy to identify the source of the leak.
By following these three simple steps, you should be able to take the necessary action to stop the leak momentarily. Even if the leak is small, make sure that you contact a professional roofing company, such as Prodigy Roofing & Construction. Our team of roofing contractors will inspect and provide the estimate of fixing your composite shingle roof, within 30 minutes of our arrival!