You never expect to have your roof start leaking or blow off in a storm, but this type of emergency does happen. If you don't spend any time preparing for such emergencies, they could leave you homeless, penniless, and desperate. So, follow these tips in the coming weeks so that if a roofing emergency ever does arise, you are prepared.
Review your homeowner's insurance policy.
Read through your homeowner's insurance policy and make sure you know what types of roofing damage it does and does not cover. For instance, check whether it causes fire damage, hail damage, wind damage, and tree damage. If you notice that certain types of damage are not covered, you may want to call the insurance company and request to add a rider to cover these extra sources of damage. This way, you won't be left to cover a huge roofing bill if an emergency does arise.
Research roofers in your area.
In most areas, there are several big roofing companies along with some smaller operations. Some are sure to have great reputations, while others may not offer the best service. If you wait until you have a roofing emergency to explore your options, you may end up going with the first company you come across rather than the best one.
So, spend time researching companies in your area now, and make a short list of two or three that you feel comfortable calling when you need repairs. You could also ask friends and family members who they have hired, and write down the contact information for roofers that they recommend.
Know where your water and has shut-off valves are.
While it may not seem like your roof has anything to do with pipes or gas lines, a roof collapse can damage these lines, leaving gas or water to leak out all through your home. You can minimize damage if you know how to shut the gas and water off promptly. Usually, these valves are located in the basement.
If they do not open and close easily, use some lubricant, like WD40, to loosen them. Make sure all of your family members also know where these valves are in case they're home when a roofing emergency occurs. Label them with tape or a marker if possible.
To learn more about preparing for roof emergencies, get in touch with local roofing services. They can shed some light on the roofing problems that are most common in your climate.