5 Steps To Handling Water Damage Restoration After a Major Roof Leak

Roof leaks are among the leading causes of water damage to residential properties. They can strike at any time and during any season, and unfortunately, they often go undetected until it’s too late.

It’s important to take prompt action if you’ve got a leaky roof, since water damage can quickly spiral out of control. However, many homeowners make mistakes during the remediation process, as they overlook essential steps in their haste to correct the problem. To that end, here’s a basic guide to the five key things you should to do handle water damage restoration if you’ve suffered a major roof leak.

5 Steps To Handling Water Damage Restoration After a Major Roof Leak

5 Steps To Handling Water Damage Restoration

#1. Document the Damage

This is one important step that a lot of homeowners skip, but it doesn’t take much time and it can really help you in your dealings with your insurance provider.

Take photographs of the interior areas affected by the leak, showing its source, the water accumulation, and any damage caused by the moisture. If you’re comfortable going up on your roof, it’s also a good idea to gather a few snapshots of the exterior-side source of the problem, as doing so can help support the case that the leak wasn’t caused by your negligence.

Your insurance company will want evidence that the leak resulted from an accident, bad weather, or other uncontrollable circumstance. This is how you’ll get it.

#2. Get a Professional Inspection and Repair Estimate

Get your roof inspected promptly to identify the source of the leak and assess the extent of the damage. Next, obtain a written estimate from a licensed professional that details the nature of the problem, its possible cause(s), and how much it’s going to cost to fix it. You don’t need to commit to a contractor at this point; just get a repair quote in writing before moving on to the next step…

#3. Contact Your Insurance Company

…which is to call your insurance company.

Before you pick up the phone, though, review your policy to make sure water damage caused by a leaky roof is considered a valid basis for a claim. As long as the issue wasn’t caused by your negligence or willful failure to adequately maintain your home, chances are you should qualify for at least partial reimbursement. This is why it’s so important to thoroughly document the damage. However, reimbursement will depend on the specifics of your policy, so direct any questions in this regard to your insurance provider.

#4. File a Claim

It will take some time to complete the claims process, so you’ll want to get it started as soon as possible. Assuming the water damage and roof leak will be covered, most insurance companies will allow you to file a claim with basic documentation, such as photos of the damage and a professional repair estimate. Familiarize yourself with common filing mistakes so your claim is processed smoothly and promptly.

#5. Hire a Contractor for Repairs and Remediation

Once you’ve taken care of the documentation, estimate, and insurance claims issues, you can go ahead and choose a contractor. If your insurance company has given you particular instructions regarding the type of contractor or professional you should hire, be sure to follow their directions as your claim may be rejected if you don’t. For example, if you have extensive water damage that requires separate remediation, your insurer may want this carried out by a specialist (such as mold remediation contractor) rather than a general service provider.

At Mid-Atlantic Home Improvement, we are experts at insurance restoration. We work with your insurance company to ensure all necessary restorations are done properly so your damages is covered by your home insurance policy. We’ll handle the details of your insurance claim providing you with peace of mind during this trying time.

This article was provided by Doug Gentry of Mid-Atlantic Home Improvement, a Virginia general contractor with over 40 years of experience in home construction and renovation. Call (804) 647-0649 for your FREE ESTIMATE!

Residential Roofing: 5 Reasons Behind a Leaking Chimney

Residential Roofing: 5 Reasons Behind a Leaking Chimney

Whether it’s due to aging caulk, cracked cement caps or flashing problems, chimneys are one of the biggest problem areas when it comes to leaks. Chimneys can develop cracks and crevices that allow water to seep into the house. Improper chimney flashing installation can also open up your roof to early deterioration.

Leaky chimney problems can quickly become costly, and may include drywall warping, ceiling stains, insulation saturation and interior home damage. If left unattended, the smallest leak can turn into a big disaster, causing gas hazards, water damage, encouraging insect infiltration or fostering mold growth.

Keep an eye on your chimney during wet months, and call a professional roofing company to arrange for an inspection at the first sign of a leak.

Residential Roofing: 5 Reasons Behind a Leaking Chimney

  1. Missing or damaged chimney cap. A chimney cap prevents debris and animals from entering your chimney, and prevents rain and snow from entering the chimney liner. If you already have a chimney cap, it may be cracked or damaged. Check this first thing, since it is much cheaper to replace a chimney cap than it is to repair more major damage due to water infiltration.
  2. Cracked chimney crown. Your concrete chimney crown shrinks, wears and cracks with age. As small cracks occur, water freezes in the crevice and the crack expands. Depending upon the size of the crack, you may be able to patch or seal it. In cases of major structural damage, the masonry may need replacing.
  3. Flashing problems. Flashing is installed at the base of your chimney where the brick meets the roofing material. If the flashing was not properly overlapped during installation, or the sealant or caulking gives way, it can lead to a leak. Correct layering of flashing materials is critical to good performance, and depending upon the extent of your leak, the flashing may need to be resealed, repaired or replaced.
  4. Leaky bricks. Over time, water seeps into bricks and mortar, and some bricks become soft from absorbing large amounts of moisture. As water freezes, expands and re-shrinks, it may result in water infiltration. A qualified roofing professional can replace damaged bricks/stone and mortar, and recommend a chimney sealant that helps to prevent future problems.
  5. Faulty chimney liner. Occasionally, condensation builds up from gas fumes inside the chimney. If the chimney liner does not fit properly or has corroded and developed holes over time, gas combustion fumes may condense and cause internal moisture buildup. This moisture can soak bricks or building materials that are not protected by the liner.

New Roof & Copper Chimney Flashing, Wilmington, Delaware 19810Many homeowners experience leaks during cold, wet parts of the year, and the chimney is a common problem area. Don’t wait to make repairs to your chimney leak.

If you plan to inspect the chimney yourself, take necessary safety precautions first. Carry a cell phone onto the roof with you, and make sure someone is home while you using the ladder. Avoid the roof altogether if there is snow and ice buildup! Instead, call a professional contractor to assess and repair your chimney leak.

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If your chimney is leaking, or you suspect chimney damage, don’t wait to call All Roofing Solutions, a reputable Wilmington DE  roofing company with 20 years of experience. Our team specializes in roofing repairs and roof replacement, and we offer fast and free estimates for leak diagnosis and chimney leak repair.

To request a no-obligation chimney repair estimate, schedule a roofing inspection or speak with a member of our team, call (302) 725-7663 in Delaware and (610) 551-7663 in Pennsylvania!

Shingle Roofing Replacement: Tear-Off vs. Adding a Top Layer

There comes a time when roofing repairs just won’t do anymore – your roof sustains extensive damage, whether through a storm or just over time, and your local roofing contractor recommends installing a new shingle roof rather than repairing the damage.

Once you decide on replacing your roof, there are further decisions you will have to make. Before figuring out the color or style of your new shingles, you need to decide – with the help of your roofing contractor – whether to tear off the old shingles or simply add a top layer of new shingles to the existing roof.

Shingle Roofing Replacement: Tear-Off vs. Adding a Top Layer


Shingle Roofing Replacement: Tear-Off vs. Adding a Top Layer

The decision whether to tear off or add a new layer is an important one to make, and will potentially save you a lot of money and/or trouble down the road – it all depends on your particular circumstances.

The Case Behind An Overlay

Adding a top layer of shingles to the existing structure may sound like “quick fix,” but in certain situations, it is a safe and widely used technique for replacing a worn roof.

Called an “overlay,” this roofing method can save time and money without compromising the integrity of the roof. An overlay is your best bet assuming the wood decking is in good condition, and especially if you’re planning to sell your home soon. The cost of doing a tear can substantially increase the cost of re-roofing, so if you can avoid it that’s great for your wallet.

Check building codes in your city – most allow it once (never lay a roof over a roof over a roof).

The Case Behind a Tear Off

Re-roofing from the bottom up, or tearing off the current roof, can be more costly and labor-intensive than an overlay, but it’s often necessary, and, in some areas of the country, required.

Often, homeowners must undergo a tear-off versus adding a top layer of shingles if the current roof meets certain conditions:

  • Two layers of shingles, slate, tiles or shakes already exist on the roof
  • The roof is soaked from water damage
  • Wood decking needs repairs or replacement
  • The roof consists of asbestos/cement tile, wood shakes, slate or clay materials

Tearing the old materials off provides your roofer with an opportunity to look at any issues that might be creeping up underneath the existing roof. Additionally, an overlay cuts the life expectancy of the second layers of shingles in half, so if you want your new roof to last longer removing the old roofing materials is recommended.

Consider All Options When Having A New Roof Installed

Your roofing contractor should be aware of state and local regulations and requirements regarding roofing and upon inspection of your home, will be able to tell you with certainty whether you are looking at a total roof replacement or if the possibility of an overlay exists. Since a new roof can be a costly investment, all options should be considered.

If you need an inspection, or you’re considering installing a new roof and are not sure which way you should go, call All Roofing Solutions, an experienced residential roofing company serving Delaware & Pennsylvania customers since 1998. We will provide you with several new roof installation options that best suit your taste, needs, and budget.

Call today at 302-725-ROOF (7663) in Delaware or 610-551-ROOF (7663) in Pennsylvania to request your Free Estimate or to learn more about our roofing, siding, door installation, gutter repair and window replacement services!

Spring Roofing Maintenance: 5 Most Common Rain Gutter Repairs

The rain gutter system is your home’s drainage system, and is designed to remove excess moisture from the roof. This system is often overlooked and unappreciated, but broken, run-down or clogged gutters can cause serious water damage to both the roof and interior of your home, so it’s critical to give it some TLC during your annual spring maintenance.

It’s important to keep your gutters maintained & repair any damage right away to prevent untimely and costly roof repairs down the road.

Spring Roofing Maintenance: 5 Most Common Rain Gutter Repairs

5 Most Common Rain Gutter Repairs

Gutter maintenance plays an important role in keeping your home and roof in tip-top shape. With spring rain on the way, now is a great time to make sure your gutters are properly functioning. Five of the most common gutter repairs in residential roofing include:

1. Loose or Missing Gutters. High winds, rain, and snowstorms can cause gutters to become loose or even disappear. Sections that are overrun with leaves and other debris can sag and detach from the house as well. Loose or missing gutters can cause damage to the roof and siding of your home. The overflow of water that spills onto the areas around your home can also potentially destroy the landscaping. Gutter repairs provided by a qualified roofing contractor can include re-attaching or replacing broken components.

2. Clogged Gutters. Gutters and downspouts must be clear of leaves and debris to do their job. Gutters become clogged for a variety of reasons, including the formation of ice dams, the growth of mold and vegetation, falling leaves and debris from nearby trees. Clear out your gutters this spring – it’s best to do unclog gutters on a dry day, when leaves and small twigs can be removed by hand or with a handheld blower. Once you’ve removed the debris, gently flush your gutters with a garden hose or a gutter cleaning tool to confirm that you have improved the drainage process. Also consider leaf-relief-gutter-protection system for clog-free gutters in the future!

3. Leaks. Sunlight and rough weather can cause gutters to crack, which in turn leads to leaks. Using a garden hose, spray water on your roof to see if your gutters are leaking. If you don’t have seamless gutters, your system may also begin to leak at aging seams. These leaks may be repaired with silicone sealant. Be sure to seal both the inside and outside of the gutter. Waterproof or gutter sealer is easy to apply to dry, sanded gutters. Large holes or cracks may require sections of your rain gutters to be replaced. Ultimately, the size of the cracks or holes may determine whether you are comfortable making simple repairs yourself or relying on a roof and gutter expert.

4. Normal Wear and Tear. Your home’s gutters are designed to last several decades, but at some point you realize the life of the gutter is over. From corrosion, holes, sagging and leaking to  missing, loose or bent fasteners, gutter repairs will require repairs or replacement. Rust, cracks, and severe mildew may not be cost efficient to repair. Call on a professional roofing & gutter contractor to inspect the damage and recommend a new system crafted from vinyl, copper, galvanized steel, or aluminum.

5. Damaged Downspouts. The downspout of the gutter is the part that delivers the water to run-off areas on the ground. Downspouts that become misdirected or damaged can begin to direct water toward the foundation of your home rather than away from the house. A soggy foundation can create expensive water damage problems. Additionally, if your downspouts are joined to fascia boards, ensure that they are firmly attached. Have damaged downspouts repaired or replaced as soon as possible to avoid costly home repairs.

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Residential Roofing: 3 Most Common Roof Leak Repairs

Residential Roofing: 3 Most Common Roof Leak Repairs

As a homeowner, you’d like your roof to maintain its integrity over the years but common wear and tear and following roof leaks are inevitable. Roofing repairs are simply part of roof’s life.

While there are many reasons for roof’s deterioration, some roof areas are more prone to leaking than others. Skylights, chimneys and vent pipes all provide an opportunity for moisture to get through, especially in older roofs or when they have not been installed properly.

Residential Roofing: 3 Most Common Roof Leak Repairs

1. Leaky Skylight Repairs

 Leaky Skylight RepairsA leaky skylight can be a homeowner’s worst nightmare. Most often than not, an improper installation is the cause of a leak. If that’s the case, your local roofing contractor must handle the repairs to avoid further damage.

Some common situations that cause skylights to leak are: improperly installed fasteners, poor flashing seals, glass micro-fractures or fissures and sealant failure due to thermal expansion. If the skylight leak is at the roof flashing, it may be possible to make temporary repairs using roof flashing cement around the perimeter of the unit. However, proper repairs will require removing shingles near the skylight, installing appropriate flashing, and reinstalling new shingles in the area. Most skylights have integral flashing or a special flashing kit that is specifically designed for the skylight and roofing material.

A thorough roofing inspection will help your roofer uncover any problems with your skylights and suggest appropriate repairs so that should be your first step.

2. Chimney Flashing Repairs

Damage to the chimney structure is quite common as well, as chimneys can develop cracks and crevices that allow water to permeate them. Instead of keeping rain and snow out of the roof seams, sub-par flashing allows the moisture into the roof’s inner structure. Water seepage can cause mildew, mold and premature aging of the roof.

Chimney Flashing RepairsTo fix this problem, start with a thorough inspection of your chimney base and walls looking for gaps, cracks and obvious wear and tear. Chimney flashing needs to be replaced when it becomes rusty, corroded, chipped, or broken. Masonry caulk can seal small gaps or holes on a short-term basis, but is not designed to take the place of the flashing. Depending on what you find, roofing cement, caulking and most often than not flashing will need to be replaced.

Since improperly installed flashing leaves your home unprotected from rain and snow it is always best to have a professional roofer address more extensive flashing problems.

3. Vent Pipe Repairs

Aside from skylights and chimneys, roof vents are one of the most common causes of roof leaks. Rusty and cracked vent pipe collars around their base allow the water to first pool around, then seep through the interior walls of your home.  Again deteriorated flashing & old roof cements & sealants might be the reason behind vent pipe leaks.

Vent Pipe RepairsOccasionally, vent pipe leaks can also occur at the collar surrounding the base of the vent pipe where it breaks through the surface of the roofing material. When this occurs, rainwater can seep in between the rubber boot and the vent pipe and accumulate in your home, causing damage. If the rubber boot collar is cracked or damaged, it will need to be replaced.

Need a Pro to Handle You Roofing Repairs?

If your roof is leaking contact a professional roofer for an inspection and repairs.

Contact All Roofing Solutions, your Delaware roofing repair contractor with over 15 years of experience examining and repairing all types of roof problems. We’re here to help with all your roofing needs, and are available to assist you with roof leak repairs, new installations and roofing inspections.

To schedule your free consultation, call 302-725-ROOF (7663) in Delaware or 610-551-ROOF (7663) in Pennsylvania. Contact us today and receive a discount of 15% off any roofing repair job.

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