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How to Stop a Leaking Roof During Heavy Rains

How to fix a leaking roof

The worst time to find out your roof is leaking is during a heavy rain, of course, that’s when it’s most likely to happen. If you’ve discovered you’ve got a leak, the most important thing to do is to stop the leak to prevent worsening damage to your home. Minimize the damage by following these temporary-fix tips. Once that’s done, you can focus on damage control and begin thinking about how to file a roof leak insurance claim.

Patch the Roof

The first thing to do is to try to track down the leak and patch it. If it’s still raining, this is best done from inside. If you have access to the inside of the roof from the attic, remove the insulation and locate the source of the leak. Once you find it, you can use roofing tar and plywood to create a temporary patch on the inside of the roof. Once the rain stops, you can use roofing tar to patch the outside of the roof.

Cover the Roof

If you’re unable to patch the roof, you may need to create a temporary covering. Use sheet plastic to cover the roof, but don’t attempt to staple or nail it to the roof, as that will create more potential leaks. Instead, staple and fasten the plastic sheeting to two-by-fours on both ends, and drape it over the peak of the roof, so the weighted ends hang down on each side.

Prevent Further Damage Inside

Your water damage insurance claim will have the best chance of succeeding if you try to minimize the damage as much as possible. If your ceiling is sagging, you can poke a hole in it to allow the water to run out into a bucket, and prevent the water damage from spreading. Use buckets to catch leaks, but if placing buckets in the attic, be sure to set them only on plywood laid over the joists. The ceiling of the room below may collapse under the weight of the rain-filled buckets if you put it directly on water-damaged drywall.

Call a Public Claims Adjuster

Once the rain stops, it’s important to take action right away. Dealing with your insurance company can be stressful, not to mention a recipe for disaster if you don’t know what you’re doing. That’s where a public insurance adjuster comes in. A public adjuster does the same job as the insurance company’s adjuster, except they’re on your side. Call Rapid Public Adjusters today and let us look after your best interests.