All roofs are susceptible to damage from wind and weather, especially during the winter and spring when precipitation is at its highest. If you wake up one day after a storm to inspect your roof and discover standing water, visible damage, or other signs of a potential issue, it’s easy to panic! What should you do to protect your house from further damage while you wait for By Carl’s to arrive and fix it? We’ve compiled the best advice for homeowners in this situation below.
Wait until the weather improves!
If you notice a problem with your roof, it’s hard to resist the urge to get up there and do something about it. While this is understandable, it is incredibly important to wait until conditions are clear! If you are up on your roof and a sudden gust or flurry rolls over you, the chance for injury for yourself and for your roof is exceptionally high. Remember to prioritize your own safety first, always.
Control the spread of water
The most immediate danger that can come from any roof damage is the ingress of water into your home. Water leaks can cause mold buildup, and can result in continued structural damage if not dealt with promptly. To deal with leaks effectively, first you have to determine the exact source of the leak to the best of your ability. A visual diagnostic of the outside and inside of your roof will be adequate for this purpose in most cases.
Plug the leak
Once you have identified the likely location of the leak and cleaned up any water already inside your home, get a ladder and carefully climb onto your roof. There are a plethora of options you can use to temporarily stymie the leak: rubber sheets, sealants, tarps and duct tape can all get the job done, at least in the short term. If the leak is large or you can see a clear hole through your roof, DON’T try to fill the hole. Cover it with something easy to remove, to give the professionals an easy time executing the proper fix.
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