Florida averages about 54 inches of rain each year. That’s approximately 24 inches more than the national average. A leaky roof can be more common for Floridians, especially from March through October. If the wet weather reveals a roof leak, quick action is vital. Follow these steps to protect your property and quickly access a long-term solution.
Step 1: Manage the DamageStart by protecting your interior from water damage. Move what you can out of the way and cover what you can’t move with plastic. For an immediate fix, set out waterproof containers to collect the leaking water. If the ceiling is buckling, poke a hole in the middle to centralize the drip and limit water damage.
Step 2: Locate the Main Source of the LeakCeiling water stains can indicate where the water is entering your living space, but leaks can travel. If it’s safe to do so, follow the dripping water in your eaves to the point where it enters your roof.
Step 3: Apply Temporary MeasuresYou can implement temporary measures to prevent more water from entering your home until you can have the roof professionally repaired. If you can safely do so, you may use a tarp, or apply roofing tape or roofing cement to the damaged areas of your roof.
Step 4: Take Care of the WaterIf you have an extensive leak, water may have soaked into your furniture and carpet. You can rent an industrial shampooer to draw the water out. Once you apply, set fans out to help the items air dry further.
Step 5: Contact a roofing professionalCall a local roofing company to inspect your roof and provide a repair estimate. Choose a licensed and insured contractor with a respected reputation in Central Florida, such as Batterbee Roofing. Call us today at 352-748-6300 for a free estimate.
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