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Roof Tarps: Preventing Further Storm Damage to Your Riverside Home

12/5/2019 (Permalink)

mobile home white flat roof, blue square tarp cover held by sand bags on each corner This Yucaipa home experienced water leaking in the living room from the rain. We used a tarp to prevent further damage with upcoming rain.

With the crazy winds and weather we have been experiencing, it is possible your home or business may be damaged by the elements.  Roof damage can be caused by heavy rains, winds or falling debris.

To reduce the possibility of even more damage, some may use a roof tarp, offering a quick solution and a gap of time until better weather permits a safe inspection and repair.

It seems like a good, and cheap, way to quickly cover the holes in the roof, stop the water leak, and prevent rodents from entering the home or business through those holes, although we do not recommend this as a permanent solution to the problem.

  • It will wear out over time.
  • It is only a temporary fix, and can cause more problems as time passes.
  • If the roof has water damage, mold could be growing in the affected areas.
  • Wind can move the tarp, leaving spaces uncovered and the roof will leak again.
  • If not installed properly, it could hold pools of standing water, aka, mosquitoes.
  • The tarp can increase the heat inside your home or business. Heat and moisture trapped under the tarp may cause mold and other damage inside your property.
  • Before you climb up to fix a tarp yourself, consider the following safety information:

  • Never get onto your roof during a lightning storm.
  • Steep roofing surfaces require specialized harness systems.
  • Falls from the roof account for 30 percent of construction accidents and up to 75 percent of fatalities.
  • Did you know SERVPRO of West Riverside City can help you with your damaged roof? SERVPRO of West Riverside City does more than just fire, water and mold restoration and clean-up. Our crew is well trained for storms; including installing a tarp on your roof! Our team has been trained on how to safely tarp a roof.

    The first step technicians take is inspecting the extent of the damage. You may also want to take photographs of the wind damage to the roof. The records from the technicians and your camera should be shared with the insurance company as evidence for y our claim. If possible, provide some pictures of the condition of your home before the storm.

    Removing Storm Debris

    If there are tree branches or other storm debris on top of your home, storm restoration technicians clean up the mess. They may also trim up any trees or bushes that pose further risk.

    Setting Up Tarps To Cover Holes

    Technicians work quickly to cover roof damage, such as holes, with tarps, plywood, and hardware. They'll lay out the tarp to provide a wide barrier that keeps moisture out of cracks and holes. The plywood is often used to secure the tarp, so further wind damage can be avoided.

    Preparing a Restoration Plan

    Once further storm damage is prevented, technicians create a plan for repairing the damage to your roof. In addition to carrying out the necessary permanent repairs, the home remediation experts may help you prepare a plan for preventing future wind damage.

    Prepare Today

    Many Riverside, homeowners are concerned when heavy storms hit their neighborhoods. You don't have to worry when you have taken steps to prevent roof damage. Don't wait until a storm hits to get professional advice on preparing your roof. Find the information you need and ease your concerns today.

    If your home or business' roof gets damaged during a storm give our office a call 951-351-8033. We are available 24/7 for calls and services. We will have a technician sent out to save the day as quickly as possible to your location! 

    We service all of Inland Empire and surrounding counties.  Call us, we're here to help!!

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