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Snowstorm SOS: Homeowner’s Guide to Managing Roof Leaks During Heavy Snow

A heavy snowstorm can be a challenging time for homeowners, especially when faced with the unexpected problem of a roof leak. With roofers unable to immediately address the issue due to safety concerns, it falls upon homeowners to manage the situation effectively. When these types of situations happen, it is extremely important to know what to do. Before you start fixing anything, there's a crucial first step: documenting the damage. This is really important for your insurance and for fixing things right later. Paragon Roofing brings you easy-to-follow advice to handle this situation well. Let’s walk through these steps together.

1. Documenting Damage for Insurance Claims

Before you do anything else, take pictures and make a list:

  • Take Photos and Videos: Grab your phone and take clear pictures and videos of the leak, the water damage, and the snow on the roof, if you can see it safely.
  • Make a Detailed List: Write down everything that's been damaged by the water – like your furniture, floors, and walls.
  • Keep Records: Save any receipts if you need to buy things like buckets or tarps. This info is super helpful for your insurance claim.

2. Immediate Actions for Leak Management

Now, let’s tackle that leak:

  • Catch the Water: Use buckets, pots, or any big containers to catch the water. Lay down towels or plastic sheets to keep your floors and furniture dry.
  • Be Safe with Your Ceiling: If your ceiling is bulging from water, poke a small hole in it with a screwdriver. This lets the water out safely and can stop the ceiling from falling down.

3. Identifying and Minimizing Leak Sources

Here’s what you can do right now:

  • Check Higher Up: If you can, safely look in your attic or upper floors to see where the leak might be coming from.
  • Temporary Fixes: If you find the leak and can reach it safely, you might use a temporary patch or sealant. But remember, this is just a quick fix until the pros can help.

4. Safe Snow Removal from the Roof

If there’s a lot of snow:

  • Use a Roof Rake: With a long-handled roof rake, you can pull off snow from the edge of your roof. Be gentle, so you don’t damage the shingles.
  • Stay Off the Roof: It’s risky to climb on your roof in a snowstorm. If the snow needs to come off the top, it’s best to wait for a pro.

5. Managing Indoor Humidity and Mold Risk

Keep your home dry and safe:

  • Run Dehumidifiers: These machines can help dry out wet areas.
  • Air It Out: Open windows when you can to let fresh air in. Use fans to keep the air moving.
  • Watch for Mold: Keep an eye on wet areas for any signs of mold starting to grow.

6. Preparing for Professional Repair with Paragon Roofing

After the storm, it’s time for a solid fix:

  • Call Paragon Roofing: We’re here to do a full check and fix things up right.
  • Talk About What Happened: Show us your photos and list of damages. This helps us understand the problem fully.
  • Plan for the Future: We’ll chat about how to keep your roof strong against future storms. This might include regular check-ups or new, tougher materials.

7. Long-Term Prevention Measures

Stay ahead of the next storm:

  • Regular Roof Checks: Having us look at your roof now and then means catching problems early.
  • Think About Upgrades: We can talk about stronger roofs or special features that help in heavy snow like heating cables to stop ice dams.

8. Understanding the Importance of Professional Help

Getting a pro is key:

  • Expert Skills: We know roofs inside and out. We can find and fix problems safely and correctly.
  • Lasting Repairs: Our work means your roof is in tip-top shape, protecting your home for a long time.
  • Safety First: We’ve got the right tools and know-how to work on your roof without accidents.

Dealing with a leaking roof during a heavy snowstorm can be a stressful experience for any homeowner. However, by taking immediate, proactive steps, you can effectively manage the situation and minimize damage. Once the weather permits, turning to the expertise of Paragon Roofing will ensure that your roof receives the professional care it needs. Remember, the right approach and professional assistance are key to protecting your home from the harsh elements and ensuring peace of mind.

Do you need a complimentary roofing consultation? Call us today at (615) 819-4864 or reach out online. We are proud to serve Nashville, Brentwood, Franklin, and surrounding areas.

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