Mitigating Roof Damage After A Storm

Posted on: 24 July 2017

If your roof has suffered storm damage, you need to take emergency measures to prevent further damages. Here are some of those measures:

Plug All Leaks

Most storm damages will leave your roof leaking, which means stopping the leak should be one of your first priorities. The longer the leak goes the more your roof and your house contents will experience damage. In short, patch up the leak as soon as the storm ends.

In fact, you don't have to wait for a roofing contractor to plug the leak. Make a temporary patchwork job and wait for the contractor to perform a permanent repair on it. There are different methods for making temporary roof patches. A simple method involves troweling roofing tar into the leak, pushing a shingle/plywood into the tar, and then troweling more tar around it.

Cover Damaged Skylight

A serious storm may leave your skylight broken and expose your house to further damages from the weather elements. Such a space can also allow animals and debris to get into the house, causing further damage. Therefore, if your skylight is damaged by the storm, cover it up as soon as it is safe to do so. A plastic material can work very well for the cover-up since it is waterproof.

Remove Fallen Trees

If there are fallen tree trunks or branches on your roof, then you also need to remove them before they can cause further damage. More damage may occur when the water soaked roofing materials weaken further. You also need to remove the trees so that you can perform a better assessment of the extent of the storm damage. Lastly, removing the fallen trees will also allow you to plug any leaks they may have caused.

Clean the Gutters

A typical storm will leave your gutters clogged with leaves, twigs, dust, bits of paper and other types of debris common in your area. It's also advisable to clean the gutters because they can cause further damage to the roof. The clogged gutters will interfere with your roof's drainage, which may cause water to back up under your roof and cause the usual water problems.

Hopefully, you won't ever have to deal with storm damage on your roof. If it ever happens, however, take the above emergency measures to limit the extent of the associated roof damage. Don't forget to call a roofer as soon as possible to provide a permanent solution for the damages.