Storms will come, but will you be ready?
When Dealing with Leaks, Take the Following Steps to Minimize Damage:
- Clean up any puddles – standing water will soak in to wood and lead to permanent damage, warping and eventual rot.
- Catch drips – yep, the old bucket under the drip. You want to capture any drips you see so that puddles don’t form
- Find the source of the leak NOW!
- Fix the leak ASAP
The important thing is to find what’s causing the leak. Most rain induced leaks start in the roof. You do NOT want to be climbing around the slippery wet roof during a rainstorm.
Here’s a quick check-list of what to look at when dealing with a roof leak:
- Find where the leak is on the ceiling of the room below. That will lead you to a puddle or soaked insulation in the attic.
- Look for water stains, drip marks, etc. on the rafters above the wet insulation.
- Trace the water up the rafter. It should point right at the leak in the roof.
- Check chimneys where they cut through the roof. Mark the area at the highest point where you see the leak start. This is invaluable for whomever has to fix the leak.
If you do narrow it down to a roof leak, you will need to contact a roofer to fix the leak, and SERVPRO of Marshall, Starke, Pulaski and Fulton counties can handle the water damage.