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How to Reduce Water Damage After Rainfall

When it comes to protecting your home from water damage, the name of the game is diligence. When you see warning signs such as discoloration or water spots on your ceiling or walls, you must act quickly. It is common for reputable roof repair companies to become quite busy after a heavy storm happens. Here at Rock Top exterior design, we don’t want to see damage happen to your home or business. Especially if simple steps can be taken in order to avoid these issues. Below are some simple things you can do as a homeowner to help reduce the risk of water damage after heavy rain or wet snowstorm.

How to avoid further damage from a leaky roof

Create a small hole
It may sound counterproductive to make a small hole in your ceiling, but it can prevent further water damage. If you see rainwater leaking from your ceiling water spot forming, try using a sharp pencil, screwdriver, or another sharp object to poke a hole in the center of the stain. A simple hole like this can help drain any pooling water and may prevent the leak from spreading across the ceiling and into your walls. When leaks are large it can even help prevent a saturated ceiling from caving in. This is a great way to remedy a ceiling leak until a Salt Lake City roofer can make their way out to investigate the leak.

Collect the water
Making sure that the falling water is properly caught may seem like an automatic response. However, people tend to underestimate the actual amount of liquid and think one bucket should do the job. Before they know it the collecting vessel has filled to the brim and is beginning to flow out into the rest of your home. It is always a good idea to keep an eye on how the storm is going. Regularly check your bucket or water-tight container until the storm has passed and all residual water has fallen from the ceiling. Although this task may seem tedious, it can help save thousands on a large repair bill or disaster clean-up job. For safety reasons use towels or a mop to clean up any water that may have spilled on the floor.

Use a fan to help keep things dry
Help things out by drying the area until the cause of the leak has been properly diagnosed and repaired. Most people have several small fans in their home. Point those fans at the wettest spots to help them dry-out as quickly as possible. This simple step can help reduce further damage, and perhaps even avoid issues like mold or deterioration of your drywall.

Make a roof inspection appointment

If you’re dealing with ceiling leaks or interior water spots and are in need of a roof inspection, call Rock Top at (801) 567-1234. We are happy to answer questions to help you make the right decision for your home and family.