With multiple storms brewing in the Atlantic and months of hurricane season still to go, Orlando homeowners might need to think about emergency roof repairs. While J. A. Edwards of America would encourage you to leave roof repair up to the professionals, stopping damage is often an immediate concern. For the best results during an emergency roof damage situation, follow these 4 Steps for Emergency Roof Repairs.
1: Wait Out the Weather
Although your roof might be damaged in the middle of a storm, do not attempt any repairs until the weather has cleared. Venturing onto the roof or into attic spaces during a storm event can put you into very dangerous situations.
In particular, strong winds can continue to cause damage to your and increase the chances of being knocked from a high spot. Consider personal safety your top priority.
Also, until the storm has abated, the likelihood of further damage remains. Attempting an emergency repair while a weather event is still occurring might well lead to additional damage. Better to deal with all potential damage at once.
2: Assess the Damage
Once the worst of the weather has passed, perform a quick visual inspection. While the professionals at J. A. Edwards of America can find all the damage later, in the moment you’re looking for obvious signs of storm damage that can be addressed immediately. Look for missing shingles, loosened flashing, or holes from debris. For more information on what to examine, click here.
In your attic space, look for signs of water. Water in your attic means that some part of your roof has been compromised. A significant amount of long-term damage can come from water, so that’s the problem that needs immediate attention.
3: Locate the Leak
If you do see signs of water in the interior of your roof, quickly locate the source of the leak. You can often find the general area of damage from the inside, but water flows down the roof, so the actual damage might be higher up. Try to follow the water to its ultimate source. The damage you noted on the exterior will likely be related.
4. Stop the Leak
Using whatever materials you have at hand for an emergency situation, plug the leak as quickly as you can. The longer the water penetrates, the more damage it will do. Use tarps for large areas of damage. Secure these tarps without doing further damage to the roof. Tape can act as a quick temporary fix for small areas.
If you cannot stop the leak, try to control it. Set up buckets or tubs to catch the water. Monitor these closely and empty them often. Water penetration might continue for some time after the rain has ended.
After the Emergency
Contact us at J. A. Edwards of America. We will perform a full inspection, deal with the insurance company, and repair your roof.