To Lessen Roof Damage, Plan Ahead
Plan Ahead to Reduce Roof Damage
Until a storm hits and roof damage occurs, you might think your home is everlasting. However, when you’re engulfed by the aftermath of a storm in your Hingham, MA, leaks in the roof plummeting to the soaked carpet below, things will likely feel different. Fortunately, these tips will help you feel more productive and capable during a time of misfortune.
Steps To Take Prior to Cleanup
Although it may be tempting to immediately tidy up destruction following wind damage, the best thing to do is to think methodically. The following steps will make the insurance process run smoother:
- Document a list of property damage.
- Keep receipts from initial work done.
- Take photos of destruction.
How To Further Prevent Roof Damage
Once you’ve completed the preliminary steps, it’s time to do everything you can to avoid further wreckage. The first person you should call is a qualified contractor, but while you’re waiting, stay busy:
• Leaks in the roof. You will want to tarp these as soon as possible. If it’s still raining and you can’t tarp them, you can place buckets in the general area so that you reduce the amount of damage. (If it seems sketchy to tarp the roof yourself, there’s no harm in waiting for the contractor to arrive).
• Shattered windows and/or cracked skylights. Cover these areas with plastic or boards. Be careful when dealing with shards of glass.
• Clean the gutters. It’s not uncommon for gutters to get plugged with leaves and other debris. When the gutters are jammed, they can get in the way of the roof’s drainage system, which can cause water to back up under the roof.
Proactivity Pays Off
Roof damage is rarely part of anyone’s plan. The best thing you can do for your home and its future is to research ways to incur the least amount of damage from the get-go. It may seem tedious at first, but your home will thank you later.