03 May Great Tips On What To Do If Your Roof Leaks
Reduce Water Damage First
Start by minimizing water damage to your home. You should move your furniture, electronics and other valuables. For extra protection, you can cover your furniture in plastic. Next, place a bucket on the ground to collect water. You can also use string to direct the water from the ceiling to your bucket if you notice that the bucket is leaking with each drip.
Rapid response can help minimize the damage. Once you have set up your bucket and all your belongings, call your Long Beach Water Damage Restoration Professional.
Locate the Leak
You will now need to locate the leak. You can have us locate the leak for you. However, some people prefer to do it themselves. Track the water to the attic to locate the source of the leak. Follow streams of water and stains to help. It is possible that the water leak in your roof may not be located exactly where you see it.
Water may travel through beams before entering your home. It might take some time to locate it so we recommend you call us.
Water buildup: Deal
You should look out for signs of water buildup in the ceiling such as bubbles, blisters or bulges. Water pressure should be addressed immediately. If water buildup is allowed to go, it can cause a lot of damage if it bursts.
You can simply poke a hole with a needle or screwdriver into the bubble. This allows the area drain in one continuous stream. To collect the water, place a pan or bucket under it. If the bubble is large, you might need to puncture it in several different locations.
Protect the Roof
If you are unable to have an emergency repair done, you will need to tarp your roof. Once it is safe, you can climb on the roof and use your tarp to cover the area. To stop water from getting back in, you will need to cover the roof with shingles.
You should make sure the tarp is large enough to cover all areas. This will ensure that you can stop any leaks. You don’t have to climb on top of your roof if you aren’t comfortable.
You will take photos once you feel the situation is under control. A record is necessary for your insurance. You will need to provide proof of ownership through images.
Photographs will show the extent of damage and severity of the leak. Make sure to take pictures of any water damage to your computer, bed, TV, and appliances. Your insurance may cover the cost of replacing your belongings and roof repairs.
Keep Your Roof in Good Condition
Once you’ve repaired some damage, it is time to maintain your roof. This will help you avoid future leaks. Begin by removing branches that are too close to your house. Next, clean out your gutters. It is very easy to allow debris to accumulate inside them.
You should also make sure to inspect your roof after every storm. Check for missing or damaged shingles, as well as loose or missing shingles. You should also inspect your chimney for cracks and warping.
Why you need to act quickly
A leaking roof can be dangerous.
If left alone, it can cause many problems in your home.
Mold thrives in water. Mold and mildew can develop if moisture is left in the environment for too long. These can lead to health issues and damage your ceiling and floor.
A leaky roof can pose a serious electrical risk. Water can cause sparks and shorts in your electrical system if it gets into it. You can be electrocuted if you touch a wire accidentally.
Ceiling leaks can lead to serious damage to your home’s ceilings. Water can cause ceiling damage, paint bubbles, and structural problems. It is possible for the ceiling’s to fall if you don’t address it.