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At their best, roof leaks are inconvenient. At their worst, roof leaks can cause untold damage to furnishings, appliances, electronics and your home. Knowing what to do in the event of a leak can help prevent other costly consequential damages and help you to feel confident that you can handle the situation.

While you may be able to fix some small leaks yourself, if the leak is extensive, call your Hicksville roofing contractor for assistance. If your roof is still under warranty, fixing it yourself could void the warranty, so it's best to have your roofer handle the leak.

In the meantime, there are some things you should do to reduce existing and potential damage. If a leak makes a sudden appearance in your home during a raging storm, you'll have to confine your efforts to the interior of your home. Never go up a ladder or onto your roof during a storm.

First, move or cover all furniture that is in the path of the leak. If possible, it's best to completely remove electronics from the area to avoid them being splashed with water. Also move or cover any other belongings that could be damaged by falling water.

Place a plastic bowl, bucket or trash can under the leak. If the dripping water is falling with such force that it splashes out of the bucket, tack a string to the ceiling where the leak is originating. Let the string hang down near the mouth of the bucket, and it will carry the water down to the bucket and prevent splashing.

Next, mop up any water that accumulated on the floor before you discovered the leak.

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Dry off all of the surfaces that got wet, and lay out books, papers or clothes in another room so that they can air dry. Do not allow anything to stay wet in the affected area since that promotes mold and mildew.

If the leak is coming through a ceiling tile, remove it as this can cause the leaking water to spread to other tiles. If it looks like water is building up behind the ceiling, you can use a pin or knife to make a small puncture in the ceiling to release the water build-up. Place more receptacles under the punctures to catch dripping water.

If you have access to your attic, check there to see if you can find where the leak originates. If it's safe to go outside, take a look around with binoculars to see if you can pinpoint the leak's location.

Finally, locate your roof warranty and check it for specifics about your roof such as what type of roofing is installed, warranty provisions and policy effective dates. Keep this information handy when you call your roofer so that you can supply the correct roofing information. Also, most warranties require homeowners to notify the manufacturer of a leak within 30 days of the leak's discovery. Make sure that you notify the factory in the specified time limit to prevent voiding the warranty.

With everything moved, dried and covered and everyone notified, all you have to do is wait for the experts to handle the rest.

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