While a leaking roof is an extremely frustrating experience, it sometimes happens. A few simple steps can help minimize the inconvenience:
- Contain/catch the water. Use trash cans, buckets, and/or other containers. If needed, be creative: a kiddie pool can be a great water collector if circumstances dictate. Depending on the extent of the leak, you may need to empty the container periodically.
- Protect nearby furniture, electronics, and valuables. Move them away from the water and/or cover them with plastic sheeting. If you are unable to move your items, try to elevate them above the wet floor using blocks or shims.
- Arrange for repairs. Repair service can be provided after the rain/storm has stopped and the roof is safe for people to access it. When there is an active rainstorm, it is not possible to conduct repairs. If your roof is covered by warranty, submit a request online. If your repair is outside the scope of the warranty, contact a qualified service representative.
- Home insurance claim. If the leaky roof has caused damage to your personal property, consider contacting your home insurance provider.