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Roof repairs: How to Spot and Fix Roof Leaks Before It’s Too Late

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How to Spot and Fix Roof Leaks Before It's Too Late

As a roofer with years of experience under my belt, I’ve seen firsthand how devastating roof leaks can be if they’re not caught and fixed early. At Wareing & McKenna Roofing, we believe in empowering our clients with the knowledge to identify potential issues before they escalate. So, here’s my guide, in simple terms and without any fluff, on how to spot and fix roof leaks while there’s still time.

Recognising the Signs of a Roof Leak

Often, roof leaks start small and unnoticed until they’ve caused significant damage. Keep an eye out for these tell-tale signs:

  • Water Stains on the Ceiling: A brown, often circular stain on your ceiling is a clear indicator that water is making its way inside.
  • Damp Walls: Peeling paint or wallpaper, especially near the ceiling, can signal a leak.
  • Musty Smells: In areas like the attic, a persistent musty odour can indicate trapped moisture.
  • Visible Damage on the Roof: From the ground, look for missing, damaged, or slipped tiles – these are common entry points for water.
  • Clogged Gutters: Blocked gutters can cause water to back up and enter through the roof.

Immediate Steps to Take

Upon spotting any of these signs, it’s crucial to act quickly to prevent further damage:

  1. Contain the Damage: Place a bucket under leaks and move any furniture or valuables out of harm’s way.
  2. Inspect the Attic: If accessible, check your attic during daylight to identify any holes or light entering through the roof.
  3. Temporary Fixes: In some cases, you might be able to apply a temporary patch or use a tarp to cover the affected area until professional help arrives.

Getting Professional Help

While small repairs might seem manageable, it’s always best to consult with professionals like us at Wareing & McKenna Roofing. Here’s why:

  • Expert Diagnosis: We can thoroughly assess the extent of the leak, identifying all potential and existing damage.
  • Proper Repair: We ensure that repairs are done right, using the correct materials and techniques to prevent future leaks.
  • Safety: Roof work can be dangerous. Our team is equipped with the necessary safety gear and training.

Preventative Measures

Prevention is always better than cure, especially when it comes to roof leaks. Here are a few tips:

  • Regular Inspections: Have your roof inspected by professionals like us at least once a year. This can catch potential issues early.
  • Keep Gutters Clean: Ensure your gutters are free from debris to prevent water backup.
  • Trim Overhanging Branches: Overhanging branches can damage your roof during high winds and also drop leaves that clog gutters.
  • Maintain Your Roof: Replace missing or damaged tiles promptly and check for wear around roof fixtures.

Why Acting Early Matters

Ignoring a roof leak can lead to extensive damage, not just to the roof but to the structure of your home, including the attic, insulation, and interior ceilings and walls. Mold and mildew can develop, which pose health risks. Additionally, energy costs can increase as water intrusion affects insulation. Ultimately, the longer you wait, the more costly and extensive the repairs can become.

Our Approach at Wareing & McKenna Roofing

We take roof leaks seriously. Our approach is not just about fixing the current problem but about understanding why it happened and how to prevent it in the future. We’re committed to providing lasting solutions and peace of mind. With us, you’re not just getting a repair; you’re getting a partnership.


Spotting and fixing roof leaks early can be the difference between a minor repair and a major overhaul. At Wareing & McKenna Roofing, we’re here to help every step of the way. From identifying the initial signs of a leak to implementing preventative measures, our expertise ensures your roof remains in top condition, protecting your home and your family. If you suspect a leak or it’s been a while since your last roof inspection, don’t hesitate to reach out. Remember, the best time to fix a roof leak is before it happens.

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Wareing & McKenna.  Roofing Specialists for the Wirral and surrounding area