Don’t Let a Leaky Roof Ruin Your Interiors

You’ve decided on your new interior. You’ve called the professionals in, worked out your budget and are ready to make your bespoke bedroom interiors the envy of the street. Unfortunately there is an enemy of glamorous interiors, and that is water damage.

This usually comes from a leaky roof but you don’t have to let a leaky roof ruin your interiors – and here’s how:

How to prevent a leaky roof

The most effective way to stop a leaky roof from ruining your new living room, bathroom or bedroom is to stop it ever being an issue. Firstly, you need to check the likely spots for a potential leak, such as the chimney, skylight and anywhere there is a missing tile.

You might have to wait until it rains, hails or snows as most problems naturally don’t show up in dry weather. If you take a look at the potential problem areas and spot any sign of dampness, even if it is not yet a full-blown leak, then it must be fixed or your lovely new furniture could easily get ruined.

Remember: it is easier to fix a problem area before a leak has occurred than to fix a leak in an emergency.

How to fix a leaky roof

If you have discovered a leak, the best thing to do is call in the professionals, however there are a few things you can do yourself that might help stop the dripping. Don’t go on to your roof without scaffolding but once you’re up there check for the following and see if they help resolve the issue.

  • Remove weeds or plants from the root that are growing in the gutter or between the tiles; this extends to leaves and debris too.
  • Check for loose screws and splits in guttering; tighten and use repair tape if found.
  • Check the tiles. If one is cracked, damaged or missing it will need replacing. Move the row of tiles above the problem area and clip a new one in place.
How to protect your furnishings from a leaky roof

The worst case scenario is if you don’t spot a leaky roof until you have your lovely new interior all sorted. If there is water or drips appearing near anything that can be easily damaged the best thing that can be done for now is using tarpaulin to cover it up, or stapling plastic sheeting to the leaking area. You might just have to wait a week or two to show off your new room but at least your interiors will be protected!