What to Do if Your Roof Leaks During a Storm

When a storm sets in, things can get hectic. Questions may come across your mind such as: are the windows to my car shut? Do I have a back-up plan in case the power goes out? Are there any leaks I need to worry about? Sometimes, your roof may be the answer to the last question. When roofs leak during a storm, the future could hold two very different options: the first being a broken roof resulting in a water damaged room, or the second being everything will be okay. Taking specific measures can increase the likelihood of the second option. The first rule of dealing with a leak during a storm is refusing to panic. You can do this, because you can get the situation under control.

When Your Roof Leaks

After you have refused to panic, the second step is to remove the water that has already accumulated. Dry up any moisture that has made its way into your carpet, furniture, bedding, or anything that it can soak into. Lift your carpet over so it can air dry. This also helps stop future mold growth. Place a bucket under the area to catch any more water before calling your insurance agent, which is the next step. If the damage is great enough, an insurance agent can help you begin the cleanup process.

Inspecting the roof is the next step, followed by cleaning the gutters to avoid blockage. Look for cracks or other breaks that may be hidden, and check for any animals or insects that may have caused the leak. If pests are found, contact professional pest control immediately.

When the source of the leak is found, it is best to contact a professional to fix it immediately. If a professional is not called soon, the damage could worsen.

How to Find a Leak

The first step in finding a leak in your roof begins with the attic, if you have one. Keep in mind while you are looking for your leak that the location of what you find is not the actual leak itself. The original area of the leak will begin a little ways higher, and the water will drip down to the point where you find the leak. Once you find a leak, mark the area somehow. On a day that is not raining, apply patches, shingles, or other types of repair then.

During a Storm

During a storm, there are three ways to temporarily deal with the leak in your roof. The first is a patch. By using a special doughy substance called roof patch, apply and squish into the area. This will stop the leak until you have the time or permitting weather to fix it properly. The second way is a temporary shingle. The third way is a water diversion, which is changing the direction of the water that is leaking, or collecting the water before it can cause damage to the structure. A bucket can suffice for the job.

Contact Us Today

Here at Accutech, we specialize in finding leaks for you if you suspect a leak in your home. We also specialize in water, mold, and smoke removal and the cleaning of water, mold, and fire damage. As we remove water, we take the precautions necessary to ensure that no mold grows in the affected areas. Our response team is quick, efficient, and always prepared with the tools needed for any job. Our experienced plumbers are ready to take care of whatever needs fixing, removing, or cleaning. For any and all questions regarding removal, or if you have a leak in you roof, do not hesitate to contact us today.