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3 Things To Do If You Have An Emergency Roof Leak

Your roof is designed to be strong and sturdy. However, sometimes your roof can develop vulnerabilities and a leak can develop. When you find an active leak in your roof, it is essential to act quickly to prevent further damage.

1. Contact an Emergency Roof Repair Service

When you discover that you have a leak in your roof, the first thing you need to do is arrange for professional help as soon as possible. Some roofing companies offer emergency roof repair services, where they have roofers that they will dispatch to your home as quickly as possible.

As you are paying for service right now, you are going to pay more for it. You may be charged a higher hourly rate, or you may be charged a specific fee for emergency roof repair.

Usually, you need to book roofers to come and work on your roof a week or more in advance. You may get a quote first and then have them come back to do the work. With emergency roof repair, you are asking for a roofer to respond immediately, within hours, to assist you with your roof. You will get a quote and work done all at the same time.

2. Collect the Water

The next thing you will want to do is collect the water that is dripping into your home as close to the source as you can. For example, if water is dripping down into your living room, get up in your attic crawl space, collect the water there, and manage any water that gets past and makes its way to your living room.

Get out some buckets and place them under the leak. If you don't have buckets, use pots, pans, or bowls to collect the water. You want to collect the water so that you can minimize the damage that the water does to your home. Water damage can be expensive to repair, so the more you can contain it, the better.

3. Cover Up Your Roof

If the weather conditions are such that you can safely get up on your roof, try to identify where the leak is coming from, and cover it up until help arrives to prevent more water from getting into your home. For example, if there is a big patch of missing shingles on your roof, that is probably where the water is getting in. Or if the caulking is missing around your chimney and that is where the leak is coming into your home, cover that up. This is a temporary solution until the emergency roofing service you called arrives to prevent more damage to your home.

If you have an unexpected leak, find an emergency roofing service that can come out today to perform a roof repair. Collect the water inside your home to minimize the water damage and cover up your roof where the leak is located to prevent more water from getting into your home. Prevent future leaks by promptly taking care of roof repairs so that they don't degrade to the point where water is getting into your home.