How do you know you have a leaky roof? Here are the telltale signs: ceiling water stains or sagging, peeling paint or wallpaper, mold, wet spots, standing water or damp odors, especially in confined areas, such as hallways. The first step is finding where the leak is coming from, which is not always the area located directly above the damage.
If you discover a minor leak, tape a piece of string nearby and place a bucket underneath. The water should flow down the string into the bucket, instead of onto your floor. This will prevent further damage to your home while you make repairs.
For heavier leaks, drill a hole in the ceiling to allow water to escape. Place a bucket underneath to catch the flow. This will keep the ceiling from becoming saturated with water—and possibly collapsing.
Make it a habit to regularly inspect your home for leaks or water damage so you can detect problems before they get worse.