When it rains, it pours. And for houses in Tampa, it’s time to prepare for the rains that Summer will bring. If you have an older roof, heavy rain can lead to leaks, drooping ceilings, and even water damage to your home. Once a leak starts in your Tampa home, use these tips to keep your home dry and your belongings protected until a roof repair team arrives to help.
Fixing a Roofing Leak at the Source
Most important of all, you should call a trusted roofing expert as soon as you notice the leak in your roof. A leaky roof can be a simple fix for newer roofs, but older roofs may require an entire replacement. Working with a reputable roofing expert will ensure your home is in good hands and save you money in the long run.
Calling Your Insurance Agent for Water Damage
Depending on the amount of water damage your home incurred, it may be a good idea to call your insurance company. Your insurance agent will work with you to determine whether the damage is covered and what next steps to take. Ensure to also refer to your roof’s warranty if applicable.
Avoiding Water Damage
If you notice a roof leak, one of your main priorities should be to minimize water damage. A roof needing repair can lead to damaged furniture, appliances, carpet and more if left unattended. Keeping these items covered with plastic or tarps can help reduce damage until a roof repair team comes to the rescue.
Catching the Leak
Don’t let the water continue to drip, instead place a bucket or other container under the leak so water doesn’t coat the floor and create further damages. Water can leave cosmetic marks on carpet and wood flooring, but that’s not all. Damp carpets and flooring can lead to mold, wood rot, and other issues that can often lead to costly repairs. Wet floors also become a safety hazard for your family, presenting the risk of injury.
Drying Affected Areas
If your carpet was affected by the leak, not to worry – there’s things you can do to dry it out. It’s best to rent a carpet cleaner with a water extractor from your local hardware store. If you have a fan available, you can aim it at the affected area after you extract the water to ensure complete dryness.
Next time you notice a leak in your roof, call the experts at Westfall Roofing first. Our team will work with you to determine the best plan of action to get your home back. For over 30 years we’ve covered the residents of Tampa Bay with quality roofs that are made to last through it all.
For unsurpassed quality and customer service, contact Westfall Roofing today!