A leaking roof is a big inconvenience to those inside the house and can cause damage to the homes’ structure and the property inside. Taking steps to minimize the possible damage will save on repair cost later. Homeowners may have to bring contractors in to fix a problem with their roofing in Greensboro, NC, or wherever they live, that was made worse by neglecting to make a temporary fix.
The first thing to do would be to ensure things inside the house do not get soaked. When it is safe to go outside, homeowners should inspect the roof for any obvious damage and call a professional for help. Depending on the weather conditions, a roofing contractor may not be able to reach the house immediately.
In this case, an article in Family Education advises homeowners to do temporary fixes if water continues to leak into the home and the owner can tell where the problem is. The same article instructs homeowners to climb on the roof and secure plywood sheets or plastic sheets, but only if it is safe to do so:
Only attempt these repairs if your roof isn’t sagging. If it is, leave everything alone as it’s too dangerous for you to be up there. Call a contractor, and describe the problem. These areas need bracing to prevent further damage, and this needs to happen sooner rather than later.
While waiting for the Greensboro roofing contractor, if the house is in that area, owners may secure their belongings from the water by moving them away and placing buckets to catch the water. Ceiling tiles may help spread the leak to nearby tiles so they should be removed to let the water drip directly into the bucket. Walls can be protected by securing plastic with duct tape to divert the leak into a container.
By containing the water and preventing more leaks and doing a temporary roof repair, homeowners can control the damage and minimize the need for repairs. Since the roof repairs are not the permanent solution, homeowners will still need to wait for professionals like those from ABC Roofing & Exteriors to restore the roofing system to its utmost performance.
(Article Excerpt and Image from Fixing a Roof Problem, Family Education, not dated)