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If a heavy rain came along and you’re stuck gathering pots and towels, and scratching your head about the next steps, don’t panic. While no one wants to deal with a leak in their roof, many homeowners will face a problematic roofing situation at some point. Knowing how to effectively deal with it can be the difference between a minor inconvenience and an extremely costly issue. Here are the steps to take if you find a leak in your roof.

Contain the Damage
Water moves quickly and leaves damaging dampness wherever it manages to spread. If you notice an area in your home that is leaking, it’s imperative to address that spot immediately. Simply wiping up any excess water, moving furniture or appliances out of the way and containing the leak with pots or pans, can prevent a lot of excess damage. While your roof and ceiling may be a headache, the last thing you want to deal with are issues caused by moisture on your other belongings or parts of your home.

Assess Where the Leak is Located
Your roof is simultaneously one of the most expensive fixtures and the most vital protector of your home. Even a minor leak can cause serious damage to the building itself, in the form of rot and mildew or dangerous electric malfunctions, as water is introduced to your wiring or appliances. If you are unable to make or schedule an immediate repair due to inclement weather, assessing where the leak is located can help you temporarily seal it. Even the simple action of tarping a trouble spot can mitigate damage during a heavy rainstorm.

Call a Professional
It is true that small leaks may be relatively easy to fix, but only expert advice can tell you whether you have larger issues at hand. While many areas of your home are easy and cost-effective to DIY, your roof is such an important investment that it is far better to opt for a professional. A skilled roofer can assess not only the initial damage, but the best and most cost-effective steps to prevent damage in the future. After all, regular inspections and preventative maintenance are key to keeping costs low.