Water leaking is quite a common problem faced by many households. Sometimes, it is a small drip; sometimes, it is a steady stream; both should be taken care of. Roof leaks can lead to extensive damage if not promptly and adequately addressed.

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Here are some of the tips for dealing with water leaking from your roof:

1. Act Quickly

Water damage can escalate very quickly. If your roof leaks, timely repair is crucial; otherwise, it can cause costly repairs. Prompt actions can mitigate the extent of the damage and prevent further issues. If not resolved in a timely manner, it can cause mould growth and structural damage.

Sometimes, we tend to ignore the minor signs and let them drip until they cause some structural damage and costly repair, so it is advised to look out for minor signs and repair them there and then.

2. Safety

Before attempting any repair service, ensure that you have met all the safety guidelines. Assess the situation and factors like the height of the roof, the severity of the leak and weather conditions. If you think the problem is beyond your control, take the help of professional roofers.

If you are planning any DIY or some temporary hack to stop the roof from leaking, ensure it is safe because leaking water can lead to a short circuit or the roof falling down. Ensure you and your family are in a secure area.

3. Locate the Source

The most important step while repairing any leak is the identification of the source. The water travels along rafters and insulation before you can observe any drip or leak in your home, which makes it extremely difficult to locate the source.

Repairing will not be complete till you find the source and cover it up. Locating the source also helps in preventing future leaks and damages.

4. Stopping Water

While you or professionals are repairing the leak, it is essential to minimise the damage by containing water in its own place. Buckets, towels, or traps should be placed under the leap to catch the dripping water, which will prevent it from spreading across the house or walls.

Water will spread out if you do not stop it. Collecting the dripping water will also help locate all the damaged areas.

5. Clear Debris

Debris, like leaves, branches and even the bird’s nests, can obstruct gutters and downspouts, which will cause water to accumulate on your roof. You should regularly inspect and clean these areas to ensure proper drainage and prevent water from seeping into your house.

These little branches and debris get stuck inside the pipe and hinder the smooth passage of water, resulting in clogged water on the roof and, therefore, dripping from the roof.

6. Temporary Fixes

In case of emergency situations, you may need to employ temporary fixes to stop the leak. You may use products like roof traps or sealants to safeguard your home and provide a temporary barrier against water intrusion. These temporary fixes cannot replace professional repairs but give you time to make permanent changes.

7. Repair or Replace

Depending upon the extent of damage, you may replace or repair the leak and roofing system. Various components like shingles, flashing or underlayment can be repaired or replaced depending on the presence of a leak and possible alternatives. Carefully assess the condition of these materials and connect with professional repair experts.

8. Check Attic

The attic and roof are the places to look for the first signs of roof leaks. Inspect the attic for water stains, damp insulation or mould growth, as these indications are visible at an early stage which can help you in starting the repair or replacement work at an early age, saving time and money. Regularly check your attic for any early signs of damage.

9. Prevent Future Leaks

Once you have fixed the leak properly, it is time to take preventative measures. You should opt for a regular roof inspection, address minor issues promptly and maintain gutters and downspouts. You should ensure proper drainage and extend the life of your roof.

10. Professional help

If you are not sure about how to proceed or if the leak is coming back even after repairs, then, look for experts to repair your roof. Their expertise, tools, and resources can help diagnose the problem in detail and help you properly resolve the cause.

Call our professional at 020 8776 1693 or send us an email at info@mccollochroofing.com, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.


Dealing with water leaks from your roof is a daunting task, but with the right approach and help, you can resolve it. If you see any sign, you should promptly address and resolve it. If you have any doubts or are unsure about how to stop leakage yourself, contact trusted roof repair experts.

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Specialising in restoring and installing pitched and flat roofs, as well as Fascias, soffits and guttering in Bromley. With our knowledge, care and craftsmanship, we can confidently say that we provide the highest quality services. Combining our skillset with professionalism, we guarantee we will provide a bespoke solution for every requirement.

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