We are in So. California and the rains are wreaking havoc! We are facing another 4-5 days of HEAVY rain, and our roof began to leak yesterday (the first day of heavy rains). My husband is out of town for a few days on business, so I am in a difficult spot ... I am "collecting" drips, but am wondering if I should do something inside (on the ceiling) at the point of the leak to lessen whatever problems might be occuring between the roof and the ceiling. What could happen? Am I in danger of the roof caving in? The rain lets up for an hour here and there, but is mostly steady. With my husband gone, I hesitate to call anyone out to attempt to fix the problem. Is there anything I can do myself to mitigate the damage to the ceiling? I will appreciate any suggestions! Thank you.
What kind of roof (composition, tile, shake, slate)? Do you have access to an attic? Are your ceilings drywall? How widespread is the leaking in the house? Would like to help, but need to know some basic details. Since this is the first leak you have notices, you should probably have a repairman (roofer) look at it. Temporary repairs are possible in wet weather that can prevent further damage. Note insurance may not cover water damage from deteriorated roof, but if a tree falls or wind takes off the roof you are covered. Best to repair ASAP.
Thanks for your reply. The roof is composition, and the ceiling is drywall. This is the only leak that I have found (and I have looked through the house). It seems to be just a constant drip, and I am just concerned about making sure the ceiling isn't going to fall in, for right now, if possible. I know we will be able to fix it as soon as hubby gets home (either him or someone else), but if there is anything I can do in the meantime ... This might sound stupid, but would it be a good idea to put a small hole at the point of the drip in the ceiling so that water doesn't build up and spread? I'm NOT a handy household wife! LOL