Your family is visiting for the weekend. You've been running around shopping, cleaning and preparing for days, and then a storm hits. And it rains. And it pours . Y ... it starts raining in your living room!
There's never a convenient time for your roof to leak, but there are things you can do to help mitigate the damage, minimize the cost and, most importantly, prevent future leaks.
STOP WATER DAMAGE
Once you discover an active leak in your roof, the first thing you should do is minimize water damage as much as possible. To do this, you should move or place a plastic cover over anything that can be damaged by water. This includes: furniture, electronics and other valuables.
CONTAIN THE WATER
Immediately place a bucket or other waterproof container under the leak(s) to catch the water. If water splashes onto the floor, place an old t-shirt in the bottom of the bucket to absorb the splash, or try attaching a long rope to the ceiling near the leak to draw water into the bucket. If the paint is bubbling, it probably contains water, so puncture the bubble to release the water into your bucket. If you can't contain or control the water entry, it's time to call a licensed roofing contractor; many offer 24-hour emergency services.
Once you have the leak under control, you should completely dry all carpeting, furniture, woodwork and anything else that has been exposed to water. Not only will the water leave a stain, but more importantly, you must prevent mold and mildew from growing in your home. If your carpet is soaked, remove yourself from the padding and expose both sides of the carpet and pad to air circulation. If the damage is extensive, call a professional water extraction company.
CALL YOUR INSURANCE AGENT
If you know (or suspect) that your home has suffered severe damage, call your insurance agent. While your policy may not cover damage caused by a leaky roof, contact your insurance agent as soon as possible and let him or her determine what is covered and what is not.
REPAIR THAT LEAKY ROOF
Once you've done everything you can to control the situation and minimize damage to your home, it's time to repair the roof. To make sure it's repaired correctly the first time and never comes back, you should call a licensed roofing contractor .
Here are some tips to help you choose the right contractor:
- Get several quotes from different companies.
- Make sure your contractor is licensed, insured, and obtains all required permits
- Make sure your contractor agrees to locate and repair all wood damage before reroofing your home.
- Ask your Guipuzcoa insulation contractor (in spanish: contratista de aislamientos Guipúzcoa) to outline specific maintenance instructions for your new roof.
- Ask about the warranty and expected life of the roof.
- Make sure your contractor agrees that the roof must pass municipal inspection before the job is considered complete.
- No, do not allow work to begin until you are comfortable each of these important requirements has been met. Also beware of companies that sneak in overnight that may try to take advantage of you, especially soon after a natural disaster.
PREVENT FUTURE ROOF LEAKS
After you've repaired or replaced your roof, there are a few simple steps you should take to prevent it from leaking again:
TRIM THOSE TREES
falling tree limbs can puncture your roof, while low-hanging branches can scrape the surface of your roof over time, compromising its performance.
KEEP GUTTERS AND DOWNSPOUTS CLEAN
Fallen leaves, acorns and other small debris can clog gutters and downspouts, giving water a place to collect. Use a garden hose to remove clogs and keep gutters clean. If you have a stubborn clog, remove the downspout and clean it with a mop or other long object.
CHECK YOUR COLLARS AND FLASHING
Some roof leaks are caused by a cracked or missing chimney and vent flashing, or compromised pipe collars. If the flashing or collar is badly damaged, it may need to be replaced. If the seal has simply failed, in some cases it is possible to repair it with roofing tar.
By choosing the right roofing Guipuzcoa waterproofing (impermeabilizar goteras Guipúzcoa) contractor and taking the time to properly maintain your roof, you can help ensure that it performs well and lasts for many years.