Things That Go Drip: Roof Leaks

Friday, February 1st, 2013 by Cynthia Cavoto

Listening to the rain falling on your roof can be a relaxing sound, unless of course you hear the steady drip, drip, drip of a leaking roof. There are few things more frustrating as a homeowner than a leaky roof but there is one thing you can do right away. Collect the water. Using an old towel or drop cloth, mop up any water that has already come in then position a bucket to collect any additional water leaking into the space. After that, there isn't much you can do until the rain stops and you can repair the leak.

Whether you repair the leak yourself or call in a professional roofer to do it for you, the job doesn't stop there. Where there is water damage, there is a prime breeding ground for mold. You will need to set up dehumidifiers to take the moisture out of the room. Even if it only seems, slightly damp, keep the dehumidifiers running. Steam clean any carpets affected by the leak using anti-mold cleaner. Then use antibacterial cleaner and sponges to clean all the surfaces in the area. This includes walls, tile, furniture and anything else that got wet. Finally, use an antibacterial spray such as Lysol twice a day for a week following the leak to kill any mold spores.

If you experience extensive water damage, it is recommended to contact a professional clean-up and restoration service.

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