Though Florida’s summertime thunderstorms offer homeowners some relief from the heat, they also bring the possibility of roof leaks. When leaks happen, it’s best to act immediately, especially if there’s a possibly of water damage. Keep these considerations in mind when trying to minimize or manage a leak if one is to arise this summer.
1. Minimize the Damage
If water is actively coming through your roof, it’s best to first protect both your belongings and floors from water damage. Contain the water in anything you have around, such as buckets or garbage bins, to keep the water from damaging anything other than the roof. Make sure you have replacements nearby to catch the water to avoid overflow.
If the damage can’t be fixed immediately for whatever reason, stop the inflow of water with a tarp. Be sure to wait until the roof is safe enough to climb before covering the leak with a tarp. Use a large enough tarp that will provide plenty of protection around the perimeter to ensure the area is completely covered.
Documenting damage is vital if you plan to file a home insurance claim for your leak. Not only do you want to take photos that show the severity of the leak, but also any damage to personal items such as furniture, electronics, or valuables. The better you document the issue, the more likely your insurance may fund your roof repair or damaged items.
4. Contact a Professional
This is where we step in. Taking on a roofing project yourself may seem feasible at first, but some things, if they go unresolved, could cause more damage, time, and money in the long run. As soon as you notice a leak, give us a call. The longer you wait, the more severe the leak could become. The professional roofers at Florida Roof Masters can not only repair leak damage, but asses the rest of your roof to ensure your family is safe and sound in your home during summertime thunderstorms.