What to Do After You Experience Storm Damage to Your Roof
This is the time of year when you see your neighbors up on their roofs, checking out the condition before the monsoons roll in. Many are reaching out to roofing companies to have a professional inspection, or they’ve hired them to address areas of concern that they’ve found. Preparation is key to protecting your roof, but sometimes the monsoon wins, and you end up with damage. Learn about what you should do if you experience storm damage to your roof.
What to do if your roof is damaged during a storm
If the damage is significant after a storm (like you can see the sky from your living room), vacate the premises. Safety should be your primary concern and significant structural damage merits caution. While it may be tempting to check things out after a storm, an initial roof assessment should be done from the ground as damage is not always visible and can be hazardous to an untrained professional. Avoid electrical hazards. Stay away from electrical lines that may have fallen onto your roof from the storm. Contact the utility company to ensure lines are de-energized; don’t try to move them yourself. If there are significant tree limbs on your roof, get a professional to remove them; don’t try to climb up and handle them yourself. Overall, if you experience roof damage, call the storm remediation specialists at SERVPRO of Phoenix to assess and address the damage.
Avoid these activities after the roof is damaged
Don’t enter rooms where overhead damage may be a safety hazard. Like we mentioned before, if there’s a hole in your roof, or if there’s a heavy object on your roof, it’s best to avoid the room to stay safe. Again, don’t climb on the roof as it may have unseen structural damage. Even if you don’t suspect any real damage, don’t climb on roofs that may be wet after a storm. Wait until things dry out, though it’s still best to contact a roofing specialist to do the inspection. If you do have significant damage during a storm that’s allowing water to enter your home, don’t attempt to install a tarp during a storm. Wait until things dry out and them protect your home until help arrives IF it’s safe to get on the roof. Even if you don’t plan to actually step onto the roof, do not use a metal ladder near power lines or in close proximity to energized electrical equipment, or during a lightning storm.
Here are a few water emergency tips regarding water in your home until help arrives.
Being prepared is key to surviving the monsoon season
Arizona monsoons can be spectacular, impressive, and damaging! Keep these tips on hand in case you suffer roof damage during a storm, then contact our team of professionals at 480-503-2090 24/7 to get the help you need fast.