A leaky roof is one of the more common types of damage that homeowners experience. Though it may not seem like the most serious type of damage to come across, a leaking roof can turn into one of the more expensive types of damage that you can come across. The team at Brett Hayes Exterior Specialists has seen many leaky roofs go from a small problem to a catastrophic issue, and for that reason, we want to make sure that you know how to proceed when you find a leak in your roof.
Minimize Water Damage
If there is a leak in your roof, it’s going to find a way into your house. Any water that makes their way into your house could lead to damage. Rather than deal with the damage, do your best to catch as much water as possible. One of the first places that you’re going to want to minimize damage in is on the inside of your home where you initially discovered the leak. Place a bucket where the leak is dripping to ensure that it doesn’t continue to cause damage and work your way towards the source of the leak.
If you’re able to go into your attic, try to find a way to minimize the water damage here as well. Continue to do this, for as long as you’re able to safely do so, until you find the source of the leak. If there are any areas that seem dangerous, don’t risk managing the flow of water and leave it to the professionals. As long as you’re managing the water at the end of the leak, you can move on to the next step.
Call Your Insurance Agent
Now that you’ve contained the water as best as you can, it’s time to get your insurance agent on the phone. Your insurance agent is going to be able to provide you with some insight as to what your homeowner’s insurance covers and what you can anticipate moving forward. This is truly going to be something that you want to do as soon as possible, especially since roof leaks are much more serious than people realize.
Book Your Roofing Services
Now that you’ve managed to minimize the water damage, contain the water, and call your insurance agent, it’s time to book your services. Your insurance agent should have provided you with some insight as to how much coverage you have and under what conditions. At times they can be a bit vague and it can be confusing as to whether or not you have coverage. If you’re not sure, call a professional.
Leaky roofs are one of the many signs that can tip you off to bigger issues with your roof. Whether you’re aware of how serious the problem on your hands is or you’re in need of a professional to go and inspect your roof, get it done sooner than later. The sooner that you’re able to get someone out to look at your roof or even book the services, the better.
If you are in need of some assistance with your roof, be it an inspection or repairs, the team at Brett Hayse Exterior Specialists can help. We have been very fortunate to provide the Gainesville area with the services that they need when emergencies happen. Contact us today and we’ll get your roofing services scheduled.