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Is a Leaking Roof an Emergency?

January 13, 20232 min read

When your roof leaks, it may not seem like a big deal at first.

But, it is a problem that will just continue to grow, and cause your home more damage and you more money to repair.

So, it is best to get it fixed as soon as possible by a professional in most cases.

In this blog post, we will go through step-by-step how you can assess your leaking damage, and how urgent it is to reach out to a roofing expert that can help.

Here at Reitzel Roofing &  Exteriors, we specialize in leaking damage and are always available to provide you and your family with assistance, especially in an emergency situation.

There are two ways to classify a leaking roof, and they are

  • Emergencies

  • Non-emergencies (but are still worth the concern)

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When A Leak Is An Emergency

Suppose anything about the leak affects anyone who resides in the building (whether it is your home or a commercial building). In that case, it is considered an emergency and a roofer should be contacted right away.

When assessing the leak and you see that it could drip on anything that is electric, then that could potentially be a life-threatening situation for anyone inside the building.

Also, if there are any spots forming that look like they could leak, if any of the walls inside are wet or moist, or if the drips are coming so rapidly that you constantly have to get another bucket, then that would be considered an emergency situation.

Emergency leaks must be fixed by a professional as soon as possible, and likely cannot wait any more than a couple of hours or until the next morning. 

When A Leak Is A Non-Emergency

What differentiates emergency and non-emergency leaks is how much of a danger they are at that very moment. 

A non-emergency should still be a major concern, but it can wait to be taken care of, perhaps the next morning, or after you’re done with work for the week.

You must remember that non-emergencies are still urgent. 

If ignored for too long, then a non-emergency will become an emergency, and can do very expensive damage. 

An example of a nonemergency would include a pipe that drips very slowly and in small amounts.

All In All, Every Leak Needs To Be Addressed

No matter what situation you are in, it never hurts to have a professional check out and assess any leak.

Some leaks are more silent than others but can do great damage.

If you are in the Virginia Beach area and have a concern of any kind with a leaky roof, then call Reitzel Roofing &  Exteriors at (757) 513-7053 for immediate assistance.

Here at Reitzel Roofing & Exteriors, we treat our clients like family, and we will do everything to keep your roof as safe as possible for you and your family. 

Also Read:

The Most Common Roofing Problems on Commercial and Multi-Family Building.

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