You wake up in the morning to hear a loud crash echo throughout your house. In a panic, you spring out of bed to see if the end of the world is really coming. As you walk into your living room you see that the culprit of the noise was the old maple tree in your yard that has just fallen onto your house.
While this may not be the literal end of the world, it may feel like your world is crashing down with your house.
But fear not. Fivecoat Roofing Inc. is here to teach you what to do when you have an emergency roof leak. Guiding you through the steps to take to stop your roof leak and save your house and family from further damage and danger.
First things first. Remain calm and assess the situation. This will help you evaluate what you need to do and help your family deal with the situation in a calm and safe manner.
If you do have a large tree threatening to crush your house, make sure to move your family and yourself into a safe part of the house. Go to a neighbor’s or friend’s if your entire house is at risk.
Protect Your Belongings
If it is still safe to stay inside your house, make sure to remove all of your electronics and other valuables that can be damaged by water and falling debris.
Throw A Tarp On It
It can be very dangerous to climb onto your roof in the middle of a raging storm and attempt to put a tarp on your leaky roof. Wait until conditions have calmed and it is safer for you to access your roof. Exercise extreme caution and do not attempt to tarp your roof if you do not feel comfortable doing so.
Use a large, sturdy blue tarp to cover the area of the leak. Secure the edges of the tarp down to the roof with nails and 2×4 wooden planks. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to put a tarp on your roof.
Minimize Further Damage
Use buckets, pots, or any container available to collect rainwater dripping into your home. This will keep more water from pooling inside of your house and will make removing the water much easier.
Mop Up and Remove Water
Make sure to use towels and mops to remove as much water as you can from the inside of your house. Standing water can soak into carpets and wood causing extensive cosmetic and even structural damage to your house.
Call A Professional Roofer
When you have a moment during the process, make a call to your local roofing service. They will give you the advice you need and send a technician to help you as soon as possible.
If you live in the Portland Metro area don’t hesitate to call Fivecoat Roofing – 24/7 –
We have over 30 years of experience installing and repairing roofs of all kinds. If you have a roof leak at whatever time of the day, give us a call and we would be happy to come to the rescue.