What To Do If Your Roof is Leaking?
With Colorado’s storm season in full swing, we have had several calls regarding water leakage into the home. In the event that you notice your roof leaking, there are steps you can take to mitigate the damage while waiting for professional repairs.
1. Contain the Leak
If you see water spots or bulges in the ceiling, grab a bucket. Using appropriate safety measures (ladder and spotter), locate the center of the wet/bulging area and puncture it with a screwdriver.
The water will be released into the bucket below and keep water pressure from building up and potentially destroying the whole ceiling.
2. Tarp the Leak
If it is actively raining, your local roofer will be unable to start repairs until the inclement weather has stopped. They may, however, be able to place an emergency tarp over the area to prevent further damage. You can also do this yourself, but it is not recommended due to safety hazards.
3. Schedule Inspection and Repairs
As soon as possible, you will want to contact your local roofer to inspect the damage and begin repairs.
4. Consider Costs
Once the inspection is complete, you will have a choice between paying out of pocket or filing an insurance claim. In some cases (if the quote of your project is less than your deductible, for example), it may be more cost-effective to cover the repairs yourself.
You can discuss the best course of action with your local roofer during the inspection.
Waterproofing Your Roof
While your leak is being repaired, you may want to discuss additional waterproofing steps with your roofer to avoid future issues. For your part, you can ensure that the exterior and surrounding areas are well-prepped to withstand a storm:
- Inspect your roof for signs of damaged, curled, or hanging shingles.
- Make sure gutters are clear of debris to allow water to flow freely.
- Keep tree branches trimmed back away from the house.
- Always thoroughly inspect the home exterior after a big storm.
Your roofer can offer several product options to repel water and reduce potential damage, such as an elastomeric coating or high-quality silicone. Remember to hire a licensed, local roofer to undertake any waterproofing measures.
J&K Roofing is a local Colorado company with over 35 years of experience. We are well-versed in our state’s stormy weather and have the tools and knowledge to repair and protect your roof from water damage.
If you are in the Denver Metro, Front Range, Colorado Springs, or Northern Colorado area, contact us today for a free inspection and to discuss all our weather-proofing options.