Locate the Source
Water damage during a storm can easily turn into a major emergency. Thus, one of the best ways to find a quick solution is to know where the water leaks.
Now, this part can be a bit challenging, especially for those who don’t know what to look for.
So, the step is to know the common causes of roof leaks. Most roofing companies will share this information easily, helping homeowners to stay alert.
The main causes include:
Asphalt shingles are the most common roofing material in most parts of the USA. When they go missing or get broken, you can never avoid leaks.
Plumbing and cooling unit issues
When water starts leaking from the ceiling joints and corners, one of the main causes is the AC units.
Storm damage can cause falling debris on your house, which can easily cause leaks.
The best way to handle such issues is to find a permanent solution. However, this may not be possible during the rainy weather as most roofers will have even downed their tools.
Take the following steps:
- Do a visual inspection. Try to assess the roof from inside the house as best as possible. Any leak inside your house causing interior damage could have an obvious cause, like the ones mentioned above.
- Check clogged gutters. When gutters are clogged, the water will have nowhere to go but leak inside your house. So asses the damaged area, and you may just find the right solution.
- Check the chimney. For houses with chimneys, look for gaps in the flashing around vents or roof slopes.
- Check the whole house for common issues. Damaged drywall, issues in the heating register, a leak through the light fixture, and similar issues are obvious signs of a damaged area in your roof. Look for them keenly and then try to find the easiest solution.
Record every little detail you see, as it can help when explained to a professional roofer. Also, it is much easier to fix something when you know the problem source.
Know What Your Insurance Can Cover
A small hole on your roof may not be a big problem. But if the storm damage is significant, you will probably need a new roof.
So, while waiting for the roofer to come and fix your home, determine whether your insurance covers storm damage. Many regions that experience heavy rainstorm threats have such covers in the homeowner’s insurance policies.
It’s only gross negligence that cannot be covered; like when you don’t fix roof problems in good time, causing water to leak into your home’s interior.
The insurance is not an automatic cover. You have the burden to prove the leak came suddenly and without any warning.
Falling branches and other debris are a common cause of leaks. The water piles up in the ceiling and looks for an escape route in the nearest joint or any part of your roof.
Use Fasteners to Nail Your Roof Down
Finding a solution for the leak may not be a choice at the moment. You may have to tarp and fasten any weak spots as the next best solution.
You can use a tarp to cover the problem. But for this, you will need to wait until the roof is safe enough to climb.
Sometimes finding the problem is never easy. You can start by looking at the area inside your house that has more leaks. You could use a small puddle to ensure the place is properly secured.
Tuck the protection under the shingles and use nails to hold it in place. This can protect your roof against strong winds and take you through the storm period.
Check Your Roof Thoroughly
Once the storm passes, consider checking your roof to determine any other issues that can cause more damage.
Do you have pest infestation problems in your home? It could be one of the reasons why you are facing such water leakage problems.
Check the gutters, shingles, and any other area that may have caused the problem. In case the roof leaks from multiple places, you may need a new flashing or a complete re-roofing.