What to do when you discover a roof leak

Welcome to Florida. There will be rain this week, and the next, and the next. With so much rain comes a greater chance for a roof leak. If you discover a roof leak in your home or business building, it’s too late to perform roof maintenance. You’ll need a repair, as soon as possible otherwise you risk your valuable property being damaged. Get on your phone and call Stratus Roofing.

But what next? You don’t have to sit and wait while the roofing contractor comes to you. There are some things you can do to prevent the impact of the roof leak by following these quick tips.

  1. Limit interior damage
    Usually, water from a leak will slowly creep into the house and begin to pool in the ceiling. Your ceiling will hold some water for a period of time before penetrating. If it can, the water will find a way an alternate way to get into the house. This can be a light ficture, or vent, from where it will run down the walls and into the interior of the house. The longer the water collects and pools, the more severe will be the water damage. To minimize the damage, find where the water is pooling. Cut a small hole to drain the roof leak and collect the water in a bucket.
  2. Locate the roof leak
    Climb into the attic. Look for the leak. Water will travel to the lowest point to pool, so remember that the leak in the roof may not line up directly above the pool. This will save the roofing contractor time to locate the leak.
  3. Maintain the roof leak until the roofing contractor arrives
    In the meantime, collect the water with a bucket in the attic, so the water does not damage your ceiling. If you happen to have any roofing cement, roofing tape, or a tarp, attempt your own temporary roof leak repair. Roofing tape and cement can be applied from within the attic. If, instead, you are limited to a tarp, and if you feel confident enough to climb onto the roof in the rain, drape the tarp over the leak with room to spare. Please, be careful. We recommend that you cover the leak by four feet on every side. Place heavy boards around the tarp to secure the tarp down.

By following these steps, you can prevent irreparable damage to your property, until Stratus Roofing arrives.

How to Check Your Roof for Storm Damage

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Let us begin by saying that we hope everyone made it through Hurricane Irma safely. Thankfully, the storm that was a Category 5 storm just a few days ago had weakened by the time it got to Central Florida. However, the winds of a Category 2 Irma were still fierce and dangerous. Downed trees and power lines, flooding, property and roof damage are just some of the effects of a strong storm. And while today’s roofs are stronger and made to hold up to hurricane-force winds, even the best-built roofs with the strongest materials are subject to storm damage.

When looking for storm damage, pay special attention to your roof. After all, your roof protects your home and your valuables inside your home from the weather.

Inspecting a roof may be difficult for those who don’t know what to look for. If you are inexperienced with roofs, do not climb onto your roof. Inspect your roof safely from your yard for the following:

  1. Missing or loose shingles – Hurricane winds are strong enough to loosen and remove shingles from your roof.
  2. Damaged shingles – Debris caused by high speed winds like branches do most of the damage in a storm. Check your ceiling and climb into your attic around where you saw the damage for evidence of a leak.
  3. Cracked, raised, or torn shingles –  Even a shingle or roof tile that is mostly in tact is still compromised. Inspect your entire house and attic for roof leaks. Take careful notes anywhere where you see storm damage, no matter how small, and report it to your insurance company.

Repair Storm Damage with Stratus Roofing

After speaking with your insurance company, contact Stratus Roofing Company for a free estimate.