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How to Handle a Roof Leak During a Storm

Image another storm has rolled into town. Suddenly, you look up and notice water leaking through the ceiling. It's very important to contain the leak as much as possible to avoid further damage. Don't know where to start? Follow these tips for emergency roof repairs:

heavy rain on house roof with overflowing gutters and surrounded by trees

Take Immediate Action

As soon as you spot the leak, take steps to minimize water damage inside your home by placing a bucket on the floor with towels underneath. Pro tip: make sure the bucket isn't too large. You want to be able to safely pick it up and dump the water when it gets full. Once the inside of your home is taken care of, it's time to check the roof. 

Be Safe atop Your Roof!

Although quickly repairing a leak can be important, it's never worth risking your safety. Do not go onto the roof while it is wet, or if you see signs of thunder and lightning. Wait until the weather is clear and the roof is dry until examining it for damage. Of course, always make sure your ladder is securely placed. Exercise your best judgment before attempting roof examinations. 

Emergency Roofing

There are a few simple ways to quickly, but temporarily, repair your roof leak. Using a rubber cement is one option. It allows for quick and easy application and can be used in hot or cold weather. For enforcement, use a heavy-duty fabric between layers of rubber cement. This will help protect the roof from further damage. As a cheaper and faster alternative, try an aluminum tape. The tape is applied directly over the damaged area, and acts as an instant water barrier. 

Call the Professionals

Although these quick-fixes are effective, it's very important have the leak professionally repaired. Roof damage will worsen over time if not properly taken care of. This can lead to additional water damage and even mold. That's not something you want to mess with.

The Midwest Roofing team is here to tackle that pesky roof leak and many other roofing issues, so you can rest assured your home is safe. If you have any other questions about our services or want to schedule an appointment, contact us today!

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