When you're watching that beautiful storm cloud rolling in over the hill and thinking it's probably time to pack up and head inside. After a short time later and a few good cracks of thunder, you start to hear small 'tinks' on the roof. But the small tinks become louder, the wind gets stronger and the rain is coming in from every direction. Then, you feel a drip on your forehead, followed by another. The storm has made its way inside and things are about to get a whole lot more interesting.
Weather events and accidents in the home can occur all year round, from something as harmless as hanging a picture frame and piercing a pipe in the wall or a small crack in a roof tile allowing a monstrous amount of rain into your roof cavity. Knowing who to turn to when the time comes can prevent catastrophic damage to your home - if caught in time. Our team at Ramko Constructions is out there with the first responders in every major weather event, saving houses from further damage every opportunity we can. We can assist with stopping roof leaks and full roof tarping, preventing minor flooding (sandbagging), securing properties after break in attempts, clean ups and securing properties from vehicle impact, securing properties after fire damage, temporary fencing installation and livestock securing, with the same day attendance guaranteed (unless otherwise agreed prior). Once you and your house are safe from further damage, we can then work with you and your insurer to get things back to the way they were prior to the event happening, sometimes even better!
Some small but useful tips during extreme weather events:
Over the years with being onsite first for our clients, we have noticed a common pattern as storm season kicks off. The most common cause of water ingress in the first storms of the season is due to lack of maintenance - blocked gutters and downpipes, full of leaves. This is a 1-2 Hour job that nearly anyone can do, and it will prevent you a world of heartache, like seeing your living room ceiling collapse over your widescreen tv. If it's too late to clean them and the rain is already here, when you first see the water dripping through your ceiling, grab something like a butter knife and poke a couple of small holes in the ceiling plaster - around the centre of the water patch is normally the best location (we recommend having a bucket or 2 on hand to catch the water, as sometimes there can be a lot). This may sound silly, but if you give the water somewhere to escape, you could prevent your ceiling from collapsing due to the extra weight of the water. If you're a little bit handy, jump in the roof cavity and remove any wet insulation also. This allows the plaster to dry when the rain stops and may prevent mould growth in your ceiling. If you don't think you can do any of the above correctly, please call our team, your insurance company or the SES as soon as you can to assist. The sooner you act on these type of events, the sooner you can be back enjoying your home the way it was.
We also recommend having your roof inspected every couple of years by a professional before storm season kicks off to look for broken or cracked tiles, along with other components of your roof that may fail over time (sealants, deck tights, pointing etc). Some of these can be easily fixed and prevent serious damage to the inside of your home when fixed in time. Don't wait for something to happen to act, engage a professional before storm season starts to help keep you and your property safe when the time comes.