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What To Do if Your Roof is Damaged or Leaking

Updated: Mar 31, 2020


There’s never a convenient time for your roof to spring a leak, but there are things you can do to help mitigate the damage, minimize the cost and, most importantly, prevent future leaks.

When your roof is leaking, your quick response makes a big difference in controlling the cost of final water damage cleanup work. Following the steps below will ensure that you will be on top of the important actions that need to be done.

START WITH CONTAINMENT STRATEGIES

Once you discover an active leak in your roof, the first thing to do is minimize the water damage as much as possible. To do this, you should move or put plastic covering over anything that can be damaged by water. This includes: furniture, electronics and other valuables. If it’s not possible to move heavy furniture into another room, push it out of the way, and cover it with plastic sheeting.


Throw down towels and old newspapers under large areas that trickle with multiple drips.

Use deep plastic trash cans for heavier leaks. Preserve your sanity with a length of string. Pin it to the ceiling under the leak so that water quietly slides down into your catch basin instead of constantly splashing.


TAKE PICTURES FOR INSURANCE DOCUMENTATION

If you plan on filing an insurance claim, documenting the damage with photographs simplifies the process. Your insurance agent can recommend a restoration contractor who handles repairs and water damage recovery.


FIX THAT LEAKY ROOF

Once you’ve done all you can to get the situation under control and minimize the damage in your home, it’s time to get your roof fixed. To be sure it’s fixed right the first time and never returns, you should call a licensed roofing contractor. It’s our goal to give you smart, actionable strategies for dealing with all kinds of disasters at home and your business, so let us know how we’re doing.



PREVENT FUTURE ROOF LEAKS

After you’ve had your roof repaired or replaced, there are a few easy steps you need to take to prevent it from leaking again:

  • TRIM THOSE TREES Falling tree branches can puncture your roof, while low-hanging limbs can scrape your roof’s surface over time, compromising its performance.

  • KEEP GUTTERS AND DOWNSPOUTS CLEAN – Falling leaves, acorns and other small debris can clog your gutters and downspouts, giving water a place to accumulate. Use a garden hose to remove clogs and keep your gutters clear. If you have a stubborn clog, remove the downspout and clear it with a mop handle or other long object.

  • CHECK YOUR COLLARS AND FLASHING – Some roof leaks are caused by 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, it may be possible to repair it with roofing tar in some cases.



HK Contractors has experienced roof technicians that can diagnose your individual roof problem and restore your roof to its’ original integrity. No matter what the problem may be we will be able to figure out a solution to a variety of problems from minor leaks to damaged or missing shingles.


Contact HK Contractors LLC Today To Get A Free Estimate For Roof Repair!




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