During heavy rain storms you can’t get a contractor to simply go up on the roof and fix a hole, even if you say pretty please and offer to hold the umbrella. So its time to take triage steps to minimize the damage and wait for help to arrive. Here are some quick and useful tips that can help you get through the summer storm season if you are lucky enough to get a roof leak.
First and foremost, lets stop the damage from getting worse. If you are physically able:
So you have done what you can to minimize further damage. Great. Now lets get this repaired. If your Association is responsible for roof maintenance contact your Property Manager and explain the situation. As we said before, we will likely not be able to have a contractor repair the situation while the storm is present. This is not only due to safety reasons (avoid lightning striking the workers or wind blowing them off the roof, etc.), but also the fact that we want to fix the roof correctly. The roofers require a dry surface to properly repair the roof and are unable to do so during severe storms.
If you live in an Association where the owners are responsible for their own roofs (most likely a single family detached community), then you will need to contact a roofer to come out and give you an estimate. If you need some ideas of who to call, contact your Property Manager. PSI has worked with just about every major roof company in the Chicagoland market. We know who to use, and who to run away from. We are more than happy to steer you in the right direction with some ideas.
Good luck, and stay dry!