What to Do If Your Roof Is Leaking?

What to Do If Your Roof Is Leaking?

A roof leak is never a fun thing to experience. A storm comes through and rips some shingles off, or maybe there was a hole you didn’t know about and you’re wondering why it’s raining in your living room. These things happen but it’s important to know what to do if your roof is leaking. We’ll go over your first steps to fixing your leaky roof, who you should call, and how to get the most money to repair your roof from your insurance company.

Why Is My Roof Leaking?

Your roof can be leaking for a number of reasons. To list a few:

  • Broken or missing shingles
  • Cracked flashing
  • An ice dam
  • An old roof
  • Clogged gutters

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Find the Source of The Roof Leak

The first thing you’re going to want to do is find the source of where your roof is leaking. Depending on how many stories your home or business is, you may not see where the leak is coming from. Make sure to check in your attic! If you have an attic and you see water coming through your ceiling, you will know that the roof leak is really bad considering it is coming through two floors.

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Water seeping through the ceiling after a roof leak.

Do What You Can to Contain the Water

Place a bucket or bin under the source of water to drip/leak into. By doing so, you are preventing further damage to your floors, furniture, and anything else the water can leak onto. Be sure to keep an eye on whatever you are using to catch the water and empty it as needed so that it won’t overflow.

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A bucket, pot, bin, whatever you can find to catch water will help!

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Call A Water Damage Restoration Company

Your next step will be to call a water damage restoration company. They will begin the process of drying out any water damage that might’ve occurred from the leak. The sooner they are able to get to your property, the less damage you will have (and the less expensive it will be!) so it’s important to call them as soon as you notice any water damage.

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Call Your Public Adjuster

A public adjuster will be able to determine how much you truly have in damages to both the roof of your property as well as inside of your home/business. This step is definitely not one you will want to skip as your public adjuster will:

  • Represent you against your insurance company during the roof leak damage insurance claim process
  • Get you the most money for your insurance claim
  • Put you in contact with contractors (like a roofer) to fix the damages in your home
  • Prioritize you and your family’s/staff’s safety
  • Get your home restored back to pre-loss conditions

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Hire A Roofer

Your public adjuster will be able to point you to a trusted roofer or you can use one of your own. It’s significant to note that when looking for a roofer, you will need to find a good one who will completely fix your roof as you wouldn’t want this to happen again!

Now You Know What to Do If Your Roof Is Leaking

Now that you know all the steps to take when your roof is leaking, you will be prepared for anything to happen this winter. No one wishes for property damage, but it’s at least good to know that you’ll be in good hands if it ever does happen.

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