What do I do if my roof is leaking?Cat McCarthy
Help! My roof is leaking in Point Cook!
Firstly, don’t panic. Point Cook roof leaks have been quite prevalent in the recent storms. McCarthy Plumbing Group are your experts for roof leaks in Point Cook. Here are a few steps you can take if water is either dripping or gushing through your ceiling or your eaves:
1 – Clear the space. Move important belongings out of the way (only if it is safe to do so). Children and pets should be in a safe distance from the leak, preferably in another room, in case of roof collapse in a heavy downpour.
2 – Contain the water. Use buckets, bowls, towels and rags to hold as much of the water as possible to reduce flooring damage.
3 – Relieve water pressure. Again, assess whether or not its safe to do so first. If you have a sagging bulge in your ceiling use a screwdriver, broom handle etc to poke a hole in the area so the water can escape instead of your ceiling collapse. This should only be done if the bulge is small; if it is large it is too late and too dangerous to attempt without risk of injury.
4 – Make some calls. If your roof is at risk of entire collapse, you can call the SES on 132 500. Call your insurer and make sure you take lots of photos for them. Next, call your plumber to schedule in a roof investigation and repair when the storm is over and it is safe to commence works. Be patient
5 – Tarp the roof. When the rain and leak has stopped and the roof is dry and safe you could tarp the roof until help arrives, only if you are confident enough to do so and have the appropriate safety provisions in place (roof harness, spotter etc).
What can you do to prevent future roof leaks?
- Firstly, always have appropriate home and contents insurance, or contents insurance if you are a renter
- Keep your gutters, drains and downpipes clear so they don’t block up
- If you have a small leak, or notice a roof tile has moved, book a roof inspection so it’s rectified before it gets any worse.
- Always have spare towels, buckets and tarps handy at home
For any roof leaks, roof inspections, roof repairs, drain clearing or gutter gleans please call McCarthy Plumbing Group today on 9931 0905.