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3 Steps To Clean Up a Roof Leak

2/11/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 3 Steps To Clean Up a Roof Leak Roof tarping in East Naples, FL

3 Steps To Clean Up a Roof Leak

A severe storm or high winds can damage the roof of a building in East Naples, FL. Damaged roofing materials make a roof leak more likely. Here are three steps that building owners and managers can take to limit the extent of damage and prevent storm or water damage from leading to secondary problems, such as mold.

1. Tarp Over the Roof Until Repaired

As soon as it becomes apparent that a roof is leaking, a building owner or manager should try to determine the source of the leak. Hire roof damage mitigation experts to tarp over the damaged area to prevent additional moisture from penetrating to the interior of the structure.

2. Mitigate Interior Damage

A roof leak can damage materials such as insulation and ceilings. Fiberglass insulation is not designed to withstand moisture and will need to be torn out and replaced. Ceilings may also need to be torn out. It is a good idea to hire an experienced storm damage mitigation and restoration company to take all of the necessary steps toward mitigation to prevent more serious problems down the line.

3. Repair the Roof and Restore Damage

Hire a roofer to repair roof damage. It may take some time for the portions of the interior exposed to water to dry out. Do not rush restoration prior to drying, as this may allow conditions conducive to mold growth to persist. Once the affected area is dry, restoration experts should install new insulation and replace all of the damaged building materials.

These three steps can limit the extent of damage resulting from a roof leak at a commercial building in East Naples, FL. It is important to tarp over a damaged roof as soon as possible to prevent water from causing more interior damage. Regularly inspect a roof after severe storms to look for missing shingles and other indications of damage.

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