Owning a building, whether it’s your home or a business, comes with responsibilities and requirements. One of those responsibilities is ensuring that the roof over your head keeps the interior of your building safe and dry.
Well, it’s no secret that the weather in Virginia can change fast- sometimes bringing heavy rain, damaging wind and even hail. If your roof cracks under the pressure, don’t worry: we know it can be a frustrating experience, but know that Tidewater Roofing is here to help!
Emergency Roof Repair Services – Available When You Need Us
If your roof has sprung an unexpected leak, don’t panic! Here’s what to do:
First, Call Us!
Our roofing experts will provide you the appropriate next steps on the phone. If your repair is an emergency, we will arrange of a roofing team to come to your residence and assess the damage/begin the repair as soon as possible.
Next, Take Photos of The Affected Interior Areas
These photos serve multiple purposes: first, it will help our repair crews identify where the roof is likely damaged (it’s not always obvious), and second, it will come in handy should insurance companies get involved.
Protect the Building Interior
In the short-term, use buckets (or other containers) to capture leaking water so as to minimize further damage to your premises.
Help is Coming… But it May Not be Immediate
Even if you call us during the first sign of an emergency we may not arrive until after the emergency has passed. There are a few reasons for this, but the biggest one is safety: during an active storm, there’s little (if anything) our roofers can do. It’s unsafe to be on the roof during high winds and rains, and if there’s lighting it’s out of the question.
We know this part (waiting) is hard, but know that the damage to your roof is already done. As soon as it’s safe for us to be on site, you can rest assured that our roofers will get to work to identify the problem and get your roof repaired!
Are You Experiencing an Emergency Right Now?
When water starts falling from the ceiling, it’s natural to assume the worst. However, a leak is not necessarily the same thing as an emergency. In many cases, while a leak may in fact be present, it isn’t severe enough to justify emergency service.
Wait, Isn’t Every Leak an Emergency?
Well, yes and no. Make no mistake: a leaking roof requires repair, and sooner is always better than later. However, there are situations where you may be better served to avoid an emergency call and instead wait for regular repair services.
Signs of an Emergency
- There are multiple leaks – If it’s “raining” in your home or business, and there are multiple sources of entry, call us immediately. A severe leak can cause big problems if not repaired quickly.
- A considerable amount of water is entering the building – An occasional drip and a steady stream are two very different things. An intermittent drip often doesn’t require the expense of emergency service and can be repaired during normal operation; a consistent stream of water is another story entirely.
- Shingles or other roofing materials are on your lawn – If parts of your roof have been blown off due to a storm (or other event), the damage caused to your roof can be difficult to ascertain from the ground. Winds over 50mph are known to tear shingles of the roof (especially in older homes). However, one thing is for sure: if you’re looking at pieces of your roof on the ground, it’s time to call Tidewater Roofing!
- Your attic already has considerable water damage – One way to determine the severity of a leak is to poke around your attic. Look at joists, floorboards, walls, and insulation – if they have significant damage, or if you can see obvious signs of water intrusion (wet drywall/insulation), call us ASAP.
- Animal sounds, nests, or droppings – Here’s a situation you may encounter that doesn’t revolve around a torrential downpour: animals. To a raccoon or squirrel, your roof looks like a great place to call home. As animals get comfortable in their new digs, they often create holes in water barriers that become a conduit for intruding water once rain hits.
Roof Repairs & Insurance
In many cases, your homeowners insurance will provide some level of coverage for natural disasters or other types of emergencies that require repairs. Due to the range of policies available, we are unable to speak to this more specifically. However, we encourage you to reference your insurance policy and clarify coverage with your provider.