As a responsible homeowner, you’re probably already making roof maintenance a priority and working hard to ensure that your roof is clean, clear and functional.
However, an accident or emergency could occur at any time. Whether it’s a sudden leak in your roof or storm damage, a roofing emergency could cause severe issues for you and your family.
In these situations, it can be hard to know what to do and how to go about fixing the issue. The roof is one of the most essential parts of your property, so you must be proactive to ensure that your home, loved ones and precious possessions are all safe.
Thanks to our experience helping homeowners and business leaders throughout South Carolina with their roofing repairs and replacements, Big Bear Roofing understands the importance of dealing with a roofing emergency correctly.
That’s why we’ve put together this practical guide to handling the situation so that you can get your roof fixed promptly and get life back on track after a roofing emergency.
Assess The Damage
As soon as you spot any damage to your home’s roof, whether it’s a serious issue like a fallen tree or a smaller problem like a minor leak, you need to assess the damage.
Check both the inside of your roof and the outside. It can be tough to see all of the damage, so consider working with a professional roofing contractor, who can safely assess the damage and advise you on what they need to do to fix it.
Once you understand what’s wrong with your roof, you can work with your roofing contractor to get your roof fixed. They can also offer you support so that you keep your roof pristine all year round and reduce the chances of an emergency happening again.
Contact Your Home Insurance Provider
Your home insurance provider should cover most roofing accidents, so reach out to them as soon as you notice any damage to your roof.
They will cover the cost of your roofing repairs or replacement, as long as you can prove that the incident wasn’t your fault, either through negligence or deliberately causing the damage.
Claiming your home insurance company can be challenging. Thankfully, reliable roofing contractors, such as Big Bear Roofing, can save you time and hassle by communicating with your home insurance provider on your behalf.
We can claim the cost of our work through your insurance company, saving you the effort of contacting them. You’ll be able to get top-quality roofing services, without paying a dime or contacting your home insurance provider.
When you contact us, you should let us know about your policy and home insurance provider. If we know that we can claim through them, then we’ll reach out to them and send them the invoice for the work we undertake to fix your roof.
Clear The Area Around The Damage
Where possible, you should clear the area around the damage to reduce the chances of further harm coming to your home.
For example, if there is now a gap or hole in your roof, then you should move any furniture or items from beneath it. This approach will ensure that these items do not get damaged by the wind or rain.
Move the items in to storage and try to put a vessel, such as a bucket, under the hole to catch any rain. For larger holes in your roof, you could consider placing a tarpaulin over it to protect your home while you wait for your roofing contractor.
Once your roofing professional arrives at your home, they will be able to secure the area and make sure that your home is safe before they begin work on the repairs to your roof.
As well as moving any property that you have near to the roof damage, you also need to keep family members and pets away from the hole.
Pets can be particularly curious, so make sure that you secure them and keep them away from the roof damage. If you have a cat, then you should put them in a room or place them in their cat carrier.
It would help if you put your dog on a leash so that they don’t cause more damage or hurt themselves by sniffing around near the roof damage.
If the issue is severe, then you should evacuate the property as soon as possible, so that you can keep the people you love safe while your roofing contractor repairs the roof and makes your home safe again.
Find Somewhere To Stay
If the damage to your roof is extensive, then you might need to relocate while we fix it. As such, you should consider finding alternative accommodation.
Your home insurance provider will offer you accommodation if your home is unsafe, so you should check what the terms are and what hotels, motels or guesthouses they allow you to stay in, then try and book a room.
If you have pets or young children, then you could also ask your friends and family in the local area to give you somewhere to stay while your roofing contractor repairs your roof.
By choosing a professional team, like Big Bear Roofing, to fix your roof, you’ll ensure that the work is carried out to the highest possible standard. We’ll work hard to mend your roof quickly and efficiently so that you can get back into your home and everyday routine as soon as possible.
Keep Big Bear Roofing’s Contacts To Hand
If you notice damage to your roof, then your first port of call should be a trustworthy roofing contractor. As a leading team of roofing specialists serving clients throughout Charleston, South Carolina, and the surrounding area, Big Bear Roofing is here to help you get your roof fixed quickly and efficiently.
Make sure you have our contact number, 1.843.819.7650, to hand in case of a roofing emergency. You can also contact us online, to get prompt and professional roofing advice and support when you need it most.