Roof leaks? Four things you need to do ASAP
Nothing can stop you in your tracks faster than a leaky roof. Water in your home is a serious issue and if you have roof leaks, you might not know what steps to take immediately to prevent damage.
With roof leaks, there are steps you can take right away to stop damage and save your home, but it’s helpful to know what they are ahead of time – so you don’t have to have extra stress during a stressful time.
By knowing four things to do when your roof leaks BEFORE your roof leaks, you can prevent damage, possibly avoid more costly repairs and keep your sanity. Read on:
Stop and contain
If you see water leaking into your home from your roof, the first thing you should do is try to stop it – as best you can. Cover or move furniture, electronics and other valuables and use tarps and buckets to keep water contained.
Call a roofer
Most roofing contractors have emergency contact numbers, so call one you trust right away. By having a trusted roofing contractor assess the damage immediately, you might save time and money.
Also, a quick call to your homeowner’s insurance agent is a good idea, as you will likely need to make a claim. Take some pictures as well.
Dry it out
If you have fans or dehumidifiers, now is the time to fire them up. Keeping your home as dry as you can as fast as you can might save you headaches down the road with mold, mildew or other issues.
Once things are (mostly) under control, you’ll need to assess the damage and determine if you need a fix or a new roof. A trusted roofing contractor can help you make those decisions.
And don’t forget to take some steps to prevent future leaks, like keeping your gutters clean, keeping trees and branches away from your home and doing annual roof inspections to spot potential issues.
Feazel offers free inspections so you can make sure your roof is in tip-top shape in 2019!