In Indianapolis—and everywhere really—a leaking roof is one of the last things anyone wants to experience in their home. That is because it creates problems both inside and outside the home, problems that will take a lot of money to fix. However, there are steps that can be taken to mitigate the damage before it gets too bad.

Regardless of how bad the overall damage ends up being, you should call a company that specializes in roof repair in Indianapolis. They will take care of any damage incurred and make sure that the next time a torrential downpour comes around, the integrity of your roof will remain intact.

Protect the Interior of Your Home

As you would expect, whatever is beneath the leak is in the most immediate danger. Remove anything that is directly below the leak if you can. Water damage can be serious and difficult to fix. If there is an object that is too heavy to be moved, then you should put a bucket, or similar waterproof container on the object to catch any leaking water, and empty it at regular intervals.

Perform Preemptive Damage Control

Find the biggest and/or wettest part of your ceiling, or the part that has the biggest bulge and carefully poke a hole in it using a screwdriver or a similar sized pointy object. Why would you do this? The reason is that allowing the leaking water to pool under the ceiling could cause many potential problems: It could burst and cause a torrent of water to spill out all at once; the water will sometimes find different escape routes, which causes multiple leaks to occur.

Poking a hole in the ceiling relieves the pressure from the pooling water and allows you to control where the leak happens. Just remember to have a bucket on standby when you make the leak. If you have a flat roof, then the pooling could be the result of standing water on the roof from previous rainfalls. Standing water can cause lots of problems so make sure to get rid of it after a significant downpour.

Contain the Situation as Best as You Can

You will want to stop the leak from occurring altogether as opposed to just trying to manage it. You need a roof repair specialist to provide a long-lasting fix but you can provide a temporary solution in the interim. You can do this from inside or outside the home provided you have the proper equipment.

For inside the house repairs, roofing tape—aka flashing tape—or roofing cement can be used to stop any leaks. They can be applied to the inside of the roof if you head to the attic and can identify the source of the leak. They can also be applied to the outside of the roof as well, but using a tarp can be a more effective method. That is because a tarp can cover up both the leak and any roof damage around the leak.

No matter which method you choose, you should be careful about getting on the roof and you definitely should not attempt to access the roof while the rain is still falling for your own personal safety.

Repair The Leak ASAP!

As stated earlier, these solutions are only temporary fixes. You need a roofing professional to perform a repair that will last for a long time. They can also perform an evaluation of the roof to determine if the damage is just a one-time thing, or if there are underlying issues that could warrant a whole roof replacement. No matter the result of the evaluation, a roof repair specialist will ensure that leaks are a thing of the past and not a thing of the future.