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Five Things to Do When Your Roof Leaks

Adrienne Z. MilliganAs soon as you notice your roof is leaking – especially if the water is coming into the interior of your home – you are probably going to go into panic mode. While containing the water coming into the home is important, so is stopping the leak.

When asked what is the most important thing to remember when the roof leaks, roofer and owner of Value Roofing Brian Glasser stated, “Call a roofer and get a tarp on the roof immediately.”

Hopefully you are reading this before the roof leaks. If your roof is currently leaking, read on to learn what the pros suggest for getting the leak under control.

Make sure to collect the water from the roof leak to avoid damaging the interior and belongings.  Copyright Bigstock Photo

Five Things to do When Your Roof Leaks

1. Get a tarp on the roof immediately. This is to keep more rain and debris from coming into the attic and the interior of the home. If you are unable to get up on the roof, see if a neighbor or friend is willing to help.

2. Call three roofers and request quotes from each company. Hopefully, you know one or have had one referred to you. In the urgency of a leaky roof, be sure to take the time to find a qualified roofer. While you want to get the leak fixed as soon as possible, hiring a roofer who is not licensed, bonded, or insured (regulations and licensing requirements vary by state) could add to your roof problems and cost more in repairs later. Check reviews by other customers of each company online at the Better Business Bureau (BBB).

3. Does your roof have a valid warranty? If so, remember to let each roofing company know about the warranty when calling for a quote or to schedule the repair. Have the warranty documentation available for the roofer to verify the its status once at your home.

4. While waiting for the roofer to arrive, move as many items as possible away from the leaky area. This keeps your belongings from water damage. It also clears the area for the ceiling to be fixed if needed.

5. Contact your home owner’s or renter’s insurance to see if your policy covers structural damage as well as belongings from a roof leak. Not all insurance policies are the same. If you are renting, you will need to notify your landlord or property management company as soon as you notice the leak. You may need permission from the landlord before hiring the roofer to fix the damage.

Repairing a leak in your home's roof.  Copyright Bigstock Photo

If you anticipate a leak or think you may have one, I hope these five things will help you be prepared for a leak if one occurs. Roof leaks can cause serious damage. If you think there is a leak, protect your home and investment by calling a roofer today.

Five Ways to Prolong the Life of Your HVAC Unit

Adrienne Z. MilliganIf you are like me, I tend to remember my furnace only when the weather turns cold. Once it gets turned off for the summer, I forget all about it. Having forgotten about it come summer, then I remember how I did not change the filter or maintenance before turning it off. I hope these five ways will help you – and me – prolong the life of the HVAC units in our homes and businesses.

Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) units can be costly to repair. Having to replace your unit more often than needed adds even greater costs. Who wants to spend that kind of money repairing the HVAC unit again and again? I know I do not. I also do not want to have to replace the HVAC unit before the anticipated time projected by the warranty or average life of a unit. Do you?

HVAC filters can get extremely dirty if not cleaned regularly. Copyright Bigstock Photo

Here are Five Ways to Prolong the Life of Your HVAC Unit

1. Keep storage, clutter, and dust clear of the unit. Air flow around the furnace, heat pump, or air conditioner is needed to keep the unit cooler. Keeping the area dust-free keeps vents from becoming over clogged.

2. Clean or replace the filters as needed. Window air conditioning units typically have a filter which is easy to clean and reuse. Furnace filters need to be replaced – at least quarterly, if not monthly. Most hardware or home improvement stores carry these filters. Look on your filter before going to the store for the correct size. (Take a pic of your filter size on your smart phone for easier recall when at the store.) Filters are usually available in regular or hypoallergenic options.

Take a picture of the filter with size showing on your phone. Copyright Adrienne Z. Milligan

3. If the weather is not severe, keep thermostat set a couple of degrees higher or lower. This saves the unit from working too hard and reduces the power bill. A sweatshirt or slippers may be all you need to keep warm with a reduced temperature in the home. (Individuals with serious health issues and infants may need to have the temperature a little warmer or cooler. If unsure, please consult your medical professional.)

4. Service your HVAC unit semi-annually. Just like a car, HVAC units need a tune-up to keep functioning their best. According to Jay Ellis of Halo Heating and Cooling, “Semiannual tune ups will extend the life of the HVAC unit, improve energy bills, reduce repairs and diagnostic cost.”

5. Know where your HVAC unit warranty paperwork is and what it covers. Some warranties will not remain valid if proper maintenance is not completed per manufacturer requirements.

Save energy and money by adjusting your thermostat a couple of degrees. Copyright Bigstock Photo

While some of these five ways may seem overly simple, each one can contribute to a longer life of your HVAC unit. A longer lasting HVAC unit saves you money from unnecessary repairs or replacement.

Schedule the Reminders in Your Online Calendar or Planner

Add a recurring reminder to your smart phone’s calendar of the needed semiannual HVAC unit servicing. This is a great way to keep your reminders at your fingertips.

As you work through the above five ways to prolong the life of your HVAC unit, I hope you will have success in reducing your HVAC costs.

Share How You Save with Your HVAC Unit

What are some other ways you have saved money with your HVAC unit? I would love to hear your answers in the comments below!