If your roof suffers damage during a rainstorm, you should move to mitigate the damages before the roofing contractor arrives for a permanent solution. Here are some of the emergency measures to take.
Prevent Interior Water Damage
If your roof is leaking water that is reaching inside your house, then the roof is already damaged, and there is nothing you can do to reverse it. However, this doesn't mean that you should accept the internal water damage; you can prevent it. In fact, the traditional method of using pots and buckets to catch the leaking water is one of the best ways of preventing water damage in the house. Just go up the attic with suitable buckets, place them under the leaks, and empty them periodically as they fill up.
Create a Drainage Point
If you suspect that there is a pool of water over the ceiling, you should create a drainage point for it before the weight becomes too much for the ceiling and it all comes crashing down. You don't need to go outside or up the roof to do this; in fact, you shouldn't do it because you can easily slip off the roof and injure yourself. A good way to create a draining point is to create a hole just below the collected water and collect it in a bucket. Although that creates a hole in your ceiling, the damage is much less than you would experience if you let the ceiling crash down.
Plug the Leaks
Whereas it is dangerous to go outside or up the roof the roof whilst it is still raining (you can cause further damage or injure yourself), you should go outside for a proper inspection once the rain stop. Depending on the sizes of the leak points, you can plug those using suitable materials such as sealants or duct tape. Note that this is a temporary measure only and you should still contract a roofer for a permanent solution as fast as possible.
Spread a Tarp Over an Exposed Roof
One of the worst forms of roof damages you can ever battle is where a big section of the roof or the whole roof is torn off or collapses into the house. In such a case, you should probably prepare for a replacement of the entire roof. However, that doesn't mean your entire home is doomed; in fact, spreading a tarp over the house is a good way of preventing further damage. This is one of those cases where it pays to go out in the rain because remaining indoors will still get you wet anyway.
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21 August 2018
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