Nobody likes dealing with a roof leak, but it's an especially daunting task when it's in the middle of a rainstorm. Roof leaks not only damage your roofing materials and your roof structure, but they can also cause damage to the inside of your home and your belongings. The good news is that there are some things you can do to minimize the damage and make the repair process easier.
In this blog post, we'll give you some tips on what to do if you spot a roof leak in the middle of a rainstorm and what to do when you can't get a roofer out right away. We'll also discuss what is considered a roofing emergency during a storm and what to do when you have one. Finally, we'll provide some tips on roof maintenance to protect your roof before the next storm hits.
What to Do If You Spot a Roof Leak in the Middle of a Rainstorm
The first thing you should do if you spot a roof leak in the middle of a rainstorm is to try and minimize the damage by moving any valuables or furniture out of the way of the leak. If possible, use buckets or towels to catch the water and prevent it from spreading. Check back every few hours to make sure that everything is still secure and dry. Once you've done that, you can call a roofer and schedule an appointment for them to come out and fix the leak.
However, sometimes it's not possible to get a roofer out right away, especially if there's been severe weather. In that case, you'll need to take care of the leak yourself until the roofer can come out. The best way to do this is to use tarps or plastic sheeting to cover the area where the leak is coming in. Make sure that the tarp or plastic is secured so that it doesn't blow away in the wind. You'll also want to put something under the tarp or plastic to catch any water that does come through.
Note: if you need to access your roof to mitigate a leak, always wait for the storm to pass and make sure to prioritize safety. We recommend having someone help you, especially when using a ladder, and wear shoes with strong treads. Do not go out on a roof that is heavily damaged, has structural damage, or is slippery.
What Is Considered a Roofing Emergency During a Storm?
There are some instances where you'll need to call a roofer immediately, even if it's in the middle of a rainstorm. For example, if your roof has been significantly damaged by high winds or hail, you should call a roofer right away. If there's any chance that your roof could collapse or if something has fallen on your home (like a tree or branch), you should evacuate your home and call for help.
If you are in a situation where electrical lines or something similar has fallen on your roof or near your home, you should evacuate your home and call your city's emergency services department immediately. Downed power lines can be incredibly dangerous, and you want to avoid any contact with them.
How to Protect Your Roof Before the Next Storm Hits
One of the best ways to protect your roof before the next storm hits is by having it inspected by a professional roofing contractor at least once yearly. During your inspection, your roofing specialist will look for any potential problems or areas of weakness that may be impacted by a storm.
You should also clear any debris off of your roof after every storm. Branches and leaves can get caught on your roof, creating dams that prevent water from draining from your roof. Similarly, make sure that your roof's drainage system is free of blockages so that it will properly drain the next time we get heavy rains.
Dealing with a roof leak during a rainstorm can be stressful, but it doesn't have to be if you're prepared. By following these tips, you can minimize the damage and make sure that your home stays dry until help arrives. And remember - prevention is key! Be sure to have your roof inspected annually by Lyons Roofing.