Water damage from a roof leak might first appear as discolored spots on your ceiling, rings of mold growth from the moisture. If not handled quickly, a leaky roof can turn into a major problem, even as serious as a roof cave-in. We’ll guide you through what you need to do to fix the roof leak and the water damage it caused, as well as how to prevent both from reoccurring in the future.
What Should You Do if You have Roof Water Damage?
Step One: Safety
First, you need to take care of any safety hazards. This could mean putting a bucket down to collect dripping water, or laying out a towel to absorb a puddle. Though sometimes there is no visible water causing the damage, and you can skip this step.
Step Two: Is it a Roof Leak?
Investigate the leak to make sure it’s from the roof, or you’ll be wasting your time calling the roofer. If the source isn’t obvious, you can head into the attic to look for it. Sometimes you’ll find a burst pipe up there instead of a hole in your roof, and then you’ll have to call a plumber.
Step Three: Call A Roofer
Call a roofing professional to determine the severity of the leak and to fix it. They should do an initial investigation and then tell you what caused the leak and how to prevent it. You should ensure that your roofing professional is addressing the root cause of the leak. For more on that, read about the causes of roof water damage below.
Step Four: Call a Restoration Professional
Now that the leak is under control, you’re left with the water damage to deal with. This can be a bigger mess than you expect, with water stains, soaking walls and flooring, and the chance to develop mold if it isn’t handled within the first 48 hours. Exposure to mold and the other pathogens leaks can spread, can be hazardous, so it’s best to call a professional.
A restoration professional can control mold and fix the water damage. They can dry up water and sanitize materials that can be salvaged. Hopefully, they will do this before a smell develops from the water, but if not, they can also remove the smell.
They may also remove and replace any damaged materials, from the structure of your home, to furniture, and flooring. A good restoration professional can also gather evidence for your insurance company and file your claim for you so that you will get the maximum coverage your policy allows.