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3 Quick Actions You Can Take To Protect a Storm-Damaged Roof

4/13/2018 (Permalink)

Roof damage after a storm.

When powerful storms bear down on Jackson Township, OH high winds and heavy rain can cause considerable trouble around your home. Of all its parts, the roof can be the most vulnerable to sudden damage that may cause leaks and other problems. When this happens, it may be difficult to find a contractor right away; however, there are a few actions you can take instantly to lower the risk of further roof damage.

1. Seal a Broken Skylight

If a hailstorm caused damage to your roof’s skylight and you find it is leaking, you can shore up a cracked seal or broken glass with waterproof tape and a section of tarp. Seal the edges of the skylight with the tape or secure any shattered areas with a water-resistant section of tarp inside and out. This can be especially important for any insurance claims you make later, as homeowners are usually responsible for preventing further water leaks from taking place once roof damage occurs.

2. Cover Broken Shingles

If your roof sustains wind damage and you lose sections of shingling, this may also affect the flashing and building material underneath. Since this can result in a leaky roof and a wet attic, it is important that you give the area a quick fix. Cover the damaged areas with tough, water-resistant sections of tarp and secure them tightly. A storm damage and water mitigation company may be able to assist you if you are unable to access your roof safely.

3. Sudden Leaks

Storms commonly cause roof damage that results in sudden, rapid leaks. These can occur in almost any upstairs room and create water stains, sagging ceilings and other issues. Using heavy tarps and replacing damaged areas with temporary shingles or treating them with a waterproof sealant may help you reduce or stops leaks until a roofing contractor can be called.

When storms hammer Jackson Township, OH it can cause considerable roof damage to your home. Knowing how to mitigate the worst of it can help you prevent the need for costly and long-term repairs once the storms pass. Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthweststarkcounty.com for more information on storm damage. 

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