What to do if Your Roof Springs a Leak
No one can predict the weather, which is why, as a homeowner, you have to be prepared for anything mother nature can muster. It is important to have knowledge of the proper steps to take when the unthinkable strikes.
Step 1- Relocate Property
First things first, If you find water leaking or a bubble forming, be sure to remove any and all property that can possibly be damaged. Place a bucket below the area and try to soak up as much water as possible to reduce the amount of water damage to your floors and carpet.
Step 2- Assess the Damage of the Roof
Next it’s time to visually assess roof. Grab a pair of binoculars and take a look at the roof from the ground. Do you see any signs of missing shingles or obvious signs of damage? Perhaps you have a flat roof, if so, climb up and assess the roof. Look for any damage to the roofing materials or obvious areas where water is infiltrating.
Step 3- Make Temporary Fixes to Reduce Interior Damage
During storms, it can be difficult to find a roofer that offers emergency services or isn’t already inundated with calls. This can lead to an extended period of time where you’ll need to improvise to reduce the amount of damage to your property. From puncturing holes in a ceiling bubble, to tarping the roof yourself, being proactive when disaster strikes is surely better than doing nothing. There are numerous products you can find at your local hardware store and DIY tutorials online that can get you by until a professional arrives. But no matter what the task is that you’re taking on, always make sure to practice safety first and foremost!
Step 4- Contact Insurance Company
Once you notice damage, it’s time to contact your insurance company. Some Insurance companies don’t cover damage from leaking roofs, but it’s better to have them send out an adjuster to help assess the damage to be sure if they can help you along the path of rectifying it or not.
Step 5- Contact a Reliable Roofer to Repair the Damage
Now that you’ve got the insurance company involved, it’s time to find a reputable roofer to finish the remediation and completion of repairs. Even if the insurance company isn’t going to help, they can give you recommendations of roofers they use to get you pointed in the right direction. Regardless of if you use their recommendation or not, make sure you hire a highly rated, reputable roofer so the roof is fixed right the first time to avoid all this happening again.
Step 6- Prevent Future Leaks
So you’ve got your roof back up to snuff and you know you don’t want to go through all of that again. To keep your roof in good working condition be sure to keep your trees trimmed, keep your gutters and downspouts clear and make sure you have your roof inspected annually to catch any small repairs caused by natural wear.
And there you have it! If you haven’t had your roof inspected for routine general maintenance needed, give the experts at C & J Roofing Co., Inc. a call today! Give our office a call @ (650) 583-5998 or request a quote above!