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How to Manage a Leaking Roof Until the Water Damage Restoration Specialists Arrive

11/9/2020 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Crowley and South Johnson County highlights five tips for dealing with a roof leak. When a roof leak causes water damage, it is essential to call the water damage restoration company as soon as possible.

Experiencing a water damage incident from a roof leak, appliance malfunction, storm damage, or a flood is heart-wrenching. The dedicated team at SERVPRO of Crowley and South Johnson County understands the stress and anxiety. Years of experience and success with helping customers put their lives back in order have made them one of the highest-rated companies in the restoration business. From the initial call until the job is completed, SERVPRO of Crowley and South Johnson County has the knowledge and determination to make a property damage incident “Like it never even happened.”

Managing Roof Leaks

A leaking roof is a serious matter. A minor roof leak can cause serious water damage. Upon noticing a roof leak, take immediate action to stop the leak and minimize the damage. More importantly, enlist the services of a reputable water damage restoration specialist to restore the damaged areas before advanced secondary damage occurs and a mold infestation breaks out. Follow the tips listed below to manage a roof leak until help arrives.

Tip #1: Prevent further damage to the interior of the home.

Relocate furniture, keepsakes, and other valuables to an area free from exposure to water and moisture. Put blocks or tin foil under the legs of furniture standing in water or resting on wet carpet. Avoid lifting heavy furniture or other heavy items. Catch dripping water in a bucket to prevent further water damage to the flooring.

Most of all, do not panic. The team at SERVPRO of Crowley and South Johnson County immediately dispatches a crew that will be on the scene in an hour or less. Leave the heavy lifting and the emergency tarping to the highly-trained and experienced technicians.

Tip #2: Inspect the attic or crawlspace.

If the leak is small and intermittent, inspect the attic for leaks. Tracing roof leaks in the attic can be tricky because water can travel a circuitous route over beams and supports. The leak may not be an exterior leak around a vent, fireplace, or skylight. The source of the intrusive water may be from a leaking pipe. HVAC units in the attic can produce an enormous amount of water, especially when the temperature is very warm. A clogged condensate drain or a rusted condensate pan may be the culprit. An HVAC professional may need to be contacted to resolve this issue. In any case, the SERVPRO team can begin the drying, dehumidifying, and restoration process after the water flow has been stopped.

Climbing into the attic or crawling under the house is not advised, especially if the area is saturated with water. Mold may be present, and if water is present, electrical shock is a potential hazard. Rely on trained professionals with the equipment and expertise to move around safely in the attic or under the house.

Tip #3: Examine the exterior of the roof from the ground.

One of the best ways to examine a roof from a distance is with binoculars or with a drone that has a camera. However, neither option will be much help for the untrained eye unless the source of the leak is obvious.

Tip #4: Look for these causes of a roof leak.

  • Aged or brittle roofing materials such as melted tar
  • Damaged flashing
  • Missing or lifted shingles
  • Debris piles on the roof that can trap moisture
  • Clogged gutters or downspouts

Tip #5: Clear away tree limbs, leaves, and small debris from the roof and gutters.

This activity is an ongoing necessity but is potentially quite dangerous. Homeowners who lack the necessary skills, equipment, and experience should enlist the services of professionals for these hazardous tasks.

What is the best way to manage a roof leak that has caused water damage to a home? The safest and best way is to contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Crowley and South Johnson County. The team of experts has the equipment, training, and expertise to take control of the situation and begin the water damage restoration process before advanced secondary damage or mold growth can occur.

For more information about water damage restoration in Crowley, TX, contact SERVPRO of Crowley and South Johnson County by phone at (817) 297-8588 or by email at office@SERVPROcrowley.com.

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