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Podcast: DIY Roof Leak Tips While You Wait For The Pros

Posted November 19, 2016 by Jerry Becker
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In this episode, Jerry shares some practical tips for homeowners on how to keep a leak from wreaking havoc on your home while you wait for the professionals.

RoofLifeB016-136 Podcast Transcription:

Shayla: You are listening today to the Roof Life of Oregon podcast and I’m talking today with Jerry who is a roof specialist at Roof Life. And, Jerry, we’re getting into the rainier season in Portland, as you very well know. So if a homeowner springs a leak, what can they do before you guys get out there to help stop the leak.

Jerry: There are a couple things you can do. We do get that really frantic phone call, because if you have water coming into your home, you’re going to freak out and you want to stop it. There are a couple things that you can do to kind of ease the pain, not stop the leak, but ease the pain until somebody can actually get ot the house. When you walk into a room and you look up at your ceiling and you see that little bubble up above you, the first thing to do is to take a little needle, something sharp, and just poke a hole right in the middle of it. And what that will do is it will drain all the water out and into a bucket that you put on the floor before that, and let it all just release.

By doing that, you’re going to eliminate a lot of sheetrock damage. If you just let the bubble get bigger and bigger and bigger, then instead of repairing a little tiny whole, you’re going to be repairing a whole section of your sheetrock. So that’s the key. Pock a little hole in the middle of it and that will help out a lot.

Shayla: And Jerry, tell me about the process. So they’ve poked a whole, they’re catching the water, they’re catching the water in the bucket, and now they really need to get on the phone with Roof Life. How do they do that and what’s the process look like as far as getting someone out to the house?

Jerry: Go to our website,, and there is an emergency leak button you can push on there and you’re going to have somebody calling you within five to ten minutes to talk you through what’s going on and to give you some more ideas on how to slow the water down before we can get somebody out there. We are going to do everything we can to get somebody out there as quick as possible. If it’s during the day that you call in, we try to have somebody out same day. If it’s the evening, it will be the next following day. Sadly, OSHA doesn’t allow us to get on roofs at night. As much as we would like to, they just don’t allow it. But we’ll give you tips on how to eliminate damage inside your house.

Shayla: Alright. Thanks, Jerry. If you have anymore questions about how to stop the leak before it creates more damage, please reach out to Roof Life of Oregon. Thanks, Jerry.

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