Emergency Leak Tips
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In California, we don't get big storms very often. But when we do, there's one thing that every roofing company in the area can count on – their phones will be ringing off the hook for emergency roofing services. Even the best companies would love to reach your property immediately to provide a fast and effective solution for your leaking roof. However, due to the overwhelming demand, you may not be able to receive service right away.
If you suspect that your roof is leaking, you can take immediate action to reduce the amount of damage caused by the incoming water as you wait for help to arrive. Having handled many emergency roof repairs for over 25 years, our technicians at August Roofing and Solar offer reliable advice about what steps you should take to protect your home from water damage.
Contact our Santa Barbara and Simi Valley roofing experts today at (805) 519-8099 to request emergency roof repair for your home in Ventura County.
What to Do When Your Roof Is Leaking
There are several actions you can take to protect your home as soon as you notice you have a leak in your roof, including:
Use buckets, pots, and pans: When water starts dripping, make sure that you have something there to catch it. The less contact the water has with the surfaces in your home, the less damage and repairs you will have to deal with.
Create a drain: As water begins to accumulate above ceiling material and it starts dripping from your ceiling, you can limit the extent of the damage by creating a hole in your ceiling exactly where the drip is occurring. The size of the hole should be about the diameter of a pencil. This will mean you will eventually need to patch the small hole with plaster, but this is much easier and cheaper than replacing large sections of drywall.
Locate the source: While catching water that is dripping from a ceiling can help save your floor and other personal property, a far more effective way to reduce damage is to capture the water before it starts hitting the ceiling. If your attic is easily accessible and you feel comfortable about making your way through it, you can use a flashlight to help identify the entry point of the water. As you traverse through your attic, be sure to always step on the joists rather than the ceiling material, as it could collapse under the weight of your foot.
Place buckets in the attic: Once you have spotted the leak, you can place buckets in your attic to catch the water before it hits the ceiling. Don’t forget to regularly check the containers and drain them before they overflow or become too heavy to carry.
Cover your roof with tarps: This action should only be completed by individuals who feel capable of walking on the roof of their home. Be sure not to attempt to tarp your roof while it is raining, as wet roofs are very slippery and could lead to dangerous slips and falls. The viability of this solution will also depend on the source of the leak.
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Remember, the above-mentioned tips are intended to help mitigate damage in an emergency leak situation. They do not replace the need for proper roof repair. At August Roofing and Solar, we understand the urgency involved in repairing roof leaks, and we will do everything it takes to provide the appropriate service and solution as soon as possible.
Contact our Simi Valley and Santa Barbara roof specialists for a professional inspection to determine the best course of action to repair your roof.