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What To Do In Case Of A Roofing Emergency?

October 14, 2017


Windstorms, blizzards, heavy downpour, and other types of storms can lead to a roofing emergency, where time is of the essence. If the shingles have been ripped away or damaged, the sheathing becomes exposed to the elements, allowing rain, debris, and whatever else mother nature throws at you to penetrate the roofing system. Serious roof damage can affect the stability of the building  and a roof leak can result in an expensive interior damage. What you can do.


1. You’re Certain Your Roof is Damaged


If water is pouring through the ceiling, or you see a large amount of shingles on the ground, you can bet that your roof has suffered damage from the storm. When a true emergency repair is needed, you should first contact a reputable roofing contractor. The roofer will inspect and assess the damage and be able to quickly provide a long-term solution, be it a roof replacement or a repair.


2. You Think Your Roof may be Damaged


If you aren’t certain your roof was damaged, but you think that it was, someone will have to inspect the roof. Think again before climbing up the roof yourself, unless you are a professional yourself. Besides the possibility of falling off the ladder, you can also risk of being hit by lightning or knocked over by the high winds, especially if you try to check your roof in the middle of the storm. Also, it will be hard to conduct a thorough roof inspection after sunset.

While on the roof, be especially careful not to inadvertently cause additional damage to your roof. Things to look for are missing shingles, shingles that seem buckled, torn, bent or worn, debris from the storm, and any other type of damage. You will also need to get into your attic to look for signs of damage and/or leaks. If you’re not sure, get your roof inspected by a professional certified roofer.


3. You can Tell it’s Not an Emergency


If you know there is a roof leak, but it’s not an emergency (like a small slow drip), there are some temporary repairs you can make to limit the potential for damage while you wait for professional help. Then, an experienced roof contractor can finish the job to make your temporary work more permanent. Depending on the situation, here are some things you could do:


    Try to control the water coming into the home by sweeping away puddles that have formed on the roof. Left unimpeded, pooling water can do more than just leave ugly water stains on the ceiling. They can also damage the entire structure of the roof.


    Next, try to find where the leak is coming from. This can be a bit difficult, because the water source can be at least a few feet away from the drip or stain.


    Once you locate the source, you might be able to do a temporary fix, depending on the severity of the leak. Tools may include duct tape, tarps, patches, sealants, and rubber sheets. Be sure to secure the tools to avoid them from slipping away and clean the section all around the leak before applying the patch materials. Any water, dirt, and other debris by the leak could cause the patch to come undone or at least decrease its overall effectiveness.


Experts in All Roofing Emergencies


For emergencies and routine repairs, the experts at Amaya Roofing and Waterproofing can handle all your needs, from roof leaks, to damaged, cracked, or missing shingles, to damaged flashing around skylights, vents, and chimneys eaves. Contact us today for a free inspection.