A minor leak in a roof can become a security liability to both homeowners and residents, and also a large financial responsibility and discomfort. The importance of having a healthy roof cannot be overemphasized, however, from time to time, homeowners suffer minor to major roof leaks due to uncontrolled factors such as harsh weather conditions. While this is true, there are steps to take immediately to help alleviate the effects of such roof damage. These steps are as follows:
- Contain the water
The first logical step in battling a leak in your metal roofing is containing the water so it doesn’t cause damage to your house’s structure or your personal properties. You can contain the water by placing buckets on the spot of the leakage or by using towels to soak the water up. Containing the water also has the benefit of reducing the health risk that follows roof leaks.
- Move your things
The next step involves moving all of your things out of the way, especially things of value. Start by moving those things not covered by your insurance plan. Moving your things helps to reduce the mess and lessen the effort that’ll go into water restoration. Water on your personal property, like clothing can cause health and hygiene hazards like mildew.
- Relief water pressure
The water that has collected on your ceiling from your leaking roof can cause a lot of damage if left untouched. While it may seem unsafe to relieve the pressure by poking a hole, it’s however, your best option in such a moment. But before poking a hole in your ceiling, make sure you have a bucket in place and means of covering it back to avoid pest infestations and more water dripping into your home. Leaving the water on your ceiling will damage the ceiling, eventually creating a hole itself and catching you by surprise.
- Contact a professional to stop the leak
After you must have executed a first aid plan, the next important step is to contact a professional to work their magic. A professional roofer will know the spots on your roof that need immediate attention to avoid future damages. However, if your roof is outdated, then your roofer will suggest a roof replacement, mainly to a metal roof.
- Contact your insurance company
The last step involves contacting your insurance company, but first, you should have taken photos of the damages to help accelerate your claim.