Once upon a time, in the middle of one of those beautiful Arizona monsoons, you suddenly realize, hey it’s raining inside too. Unless you’re starting a new trend of homes without roofs, then it’s pretty safe to say you’ve sprung a leak! Yikes. Of course, not every leaky ceiling results in “raindrops”, other signs of water damage to your ceiling/roof include: good ol’ water spots, dark spots, sagging, etc. However, it is important to note that if you experience ANY of the above signs it is very imperative that you take immediate action.
Step 1: “2319! We have a 2319!” Or in other words…we have a situation where you need to quickly contain the foreign object and destroy it. In this case the foreign object in your home is water (yeah I know, so foreign right?) and we’ll just change the last part to before it destroys you. Start by putting a trashcan or bucket underneath the leaky area or supposed leaky area. This helps to prevent water damage on your floors, cause we all know you ain’t got time for that!
Now, if you don’t have a sagging, bulging, or leaking ceiling, you’re doing a great job, feel free to head to step two! But if you do have a sagging, bulging, or leaking ceiling then containing the water is going to take a little more effort. Try to remain calm and collected with what you need to do next but realize you truly do need to act fast. You see, if the water that is causing that bulge or leak continues to pool you could quite literally have your roof collapse on you, and you REALLY ain’t got time for that! Proceed to cut off the power to the problem room by flipping the circuit breaker (if you don’t know what that means, well, what’s a better time to learn then now).
After the power is off, go and grab a screwdriver or a drill. Well that’s what we’d recommend. A long nail, ice pick, or sharp stiletto 😉 might work too. Once you have your weapon of choice proceed back to the bulge and stab it right in the heart! In all seriousness I am telling you to puncture a hole in your ceiling. In all seriousness (again) I am also asking you to be safe as possible, although this might be kind of a fun opportunity to “punch a hole in your wall” it can also be dangerous. So wear safety goggles, put a tarp down, and just don’t be stupid. Now back to it…the best place to puncture the beast is right in the middle, where it is sagging the lowest. Once you have done the deed the water can now flow freely through, preventing further damage to your home. Good job, you may now proceed to step two!
Step 2: The next step to fixing a raining roof is pretty much past the point of DIY and onto professionals, so give us a call! Or give whoever you want to work with a call. We don’t care but I mean you might when you learn that we’ll come assess the damage done, for free 🙂
In the end, when it comes to leaky, bulging, raining roofs the most important thing to do is to take action! Putting it off can lead to dangers such as mold or a collapsed roof…and let’s be real…we know you DO got time to avoid that!