The unfortunate thing about a leaking roof is that the symptoms of the problem never manifest until the rain begins to pour or the ice begins to melt. With any luck - if luck can be factored into the equation of a leaky anything - you will locate and address the leak at a time in close proximity to its advent. Otherwise, you may be looking at extensive, extraneous damages, and more than just roof leak repairs to address. A small, undetected leak in your roofing system can soak your attic insulation, seep into the wood of your home's frame and saturate your dry wall panels.
It is important to keep in mind that your pots and pans belong in the kitchen, and they are made for cooking, not catching rainwater trickling into your home from some rooftop shingle gap or tear in your roofing membrane. So, when the rain stops falling and you remove your buckets from their sentry positions beneath your leaking ceilings, you need to pick up the phone and have a professional roofing contractor come and give you an assessment of the situation - and an estimate of your roof leak repairs. With any luck - again, if luck can be factored into the scenario - the leak itself and its related damages will be minimal. Putting off a phone call to assess damages earlier enough will only grow into bigger problems down the road.