Has Your Roof Been Destroyed During A Storm?
A destroyed roof, both during and after a storm, can wreak havoc on a residence or business. Even the slightest roof leak can lead to a plethora of problems. If it gets bad enough, you may even experience standing water in your building. While floodwaters carry risks all their own, water damage can run the gamut from mild to severe. Threats to individuals as well as the structures can result from extended water leakages and/or damage.
The most important thing to remember is that, as soon as you notice water damage, locate the source and remedy the problem. Once the water trouble source has been taken care of, it's time for repairs and refurbishment. Fortunately, at SERVPRO, we are experts at water restoration resulting from floods, leaks, storms, fires, and more.
For now, however, let's take a look at damaged roofs and what should be done when you encounter them.
Damage Comes in Many Forms
When you think of roof damage during a storm, rain may be your first thought for the cause. Truth be told, however, there can be lots of causes for roof damage and a number of situations that result. Here are the types of damage that you may experience:
- Wind damage
- Rain damage
- Hail damage
What to Look For
Now that the storm has passed, what should you look for to determine what kind of damage you have, if any? Frequently, missing roof shingles, curled shingles, or water spots on the ceiling are obvious signs of roof damage. You might also notice issues around your home's exterior like standing water, water walls, damaged roof flashing, and more. You may even experience winter ice damming.
Here's what to watch for:
- Always check the condition of your shingles after a storm
- Check for peeling and/or loose sealant
- Watch for missing flashing around chimneys, vents, skylights, and roof edges
- On your ceiling or in your attic, check for water damage
Remember that signs of roof damage aren't always obvious. You may need to go in search of it.
If You Experience Roof Damage
Getting your roof repaired following damage is crucial to both the integrity of the structure itself and to any people within the building. This applies to both businesses and residences. Take pictures of the damage if you can. Contact your insurance company immediately. If necessary, cover the damaged area with a tarp or hire a service to do so. Once the insurance company has surveyed the problem, it will be time to hire a roof repair service. Following repair, it's time to restore any water damaged areas.
The Importance of Acting Quickly after Roof Damage
Though there can be many causes of home or business flooding, a damaged roof (during and after a storm) can wreak havoc on the following:
- Individuals who depend on the building for business
- Visitors to a business or home
- Those who live in the building as a residence
- The integrity of the structure itself, and more
Water damage and flooding can be caused by heavy rains, faulty plumbing, broken appliances, etc. The faster you act when you notice water damage, the sooner you can remedy the problem and restore your business or residence to its original beauty and functionality.
We, at SERVPRO, understand when it comes to water damage, the problem must be remedied, and the property restored in an expedited manner. Families and businesses depend on the buildings we service. To resolve water damage problems, according to your precise needs, we will help devise a plan and execute the process as quickly, but as thoroughly, as possible.
Do you have water damage from a leaky roof? Don't wait another moment to address the problem. Contact us today.