Destin Roofing: Article About Reacting To A Leak
A leaking roof can be intimidating for any homeowner. What makes matters worse is that leaks often occur seemingly without warning. A storm starts, and then water begins dripping from a ceiling or down an interior windowpane. Chances are that the root cause of the leak may have been there for a while, but these indications can be difficult to notice without a professional Destin roofing inspection.
The first step is to manage the water. Homeowners can use buckets, empty coffee cans, wash basins or any other portable container available. Homeowners will want to use as many containers as needed, and the deeper the container, the better. It's helpful to strategically place towels in order to collect splash, and homeowners should empty containers and replace towels as necessary. It may be necessary to set an alarm clock at regular intervals in order to ensure that containers do not overflow. If the room has built in ventilation, such as a kitchen or bathroom, homeowners should turn those fans on. It is also a good idea to bring in additional fans to circulate as much air in the area as possible.
The expert roofers at Art Construction of Destin can assist you with any questions regarding windows or insulation.
Once the leak is under control, the homeowner should call his or her insurance company, even in the middle of the night. Most insurance companies have a 24 hour emergency number. It is important to get the insurance process started as soon as possible, and calling immediately will help achieve that. In some cases, the insurance company can handle the request over the phone. If an appraiser is required, the appraiser might be at the home early the next morning.
The next step is to call a local roofing company. Many roofing companies that deal with roof leaks accept calls at all hours. This does not mean that they will be able to service the call immediately, particularly if inclement weather is ongoing, but they may be able to provide the homeowner advice and schedule an estimate for as soon as the bad weather subsides.
In the meantime, homeowners should continue collecting and emptying the water and maintaining an environment that is as dry as possible, which will help prevent mold and pests. While it may take some time before a full repair can be performed, there is roof patch available that can be applied wet. This solution is a good option when the source of the leak is on the surface, such as a damaged shingle or damaged flashing.