Homeowners across Nebraska are dealing with leaky roofs after the heavy, wet snow that fell over the weekend. Trent Lovewell is the general manager of John Higgins Weatherguard in Omaha and says don’t panic and risk injury climbing on to the roof to clear the snow. He says unless there is a big problem now it is best to let Mother Nature take its course.
Lovewell warns homeowners of people going door-to-door with offers to remove the snow from roofs. He says those that remove snow from roofs must have an extra insurance policy in place to do so. The warranty on a newer roof may not cover this type of damage.
Homeowners are advised to take a few minutes and look at their ceilings and inspect them for any wet spots. Lovewell says if you see a water stain and there is a bubble, take something sharp and poke a hole in it to let the water out and put a bucket under it to catch the drip. This could prevent the ceiling from caving in. He says if it is just a brown spot there is no reason panic and you can address the problem during nice weather.
Lovewell says many leaks can be prevented. He says during nice weather it is important to check the vents on the roof several times a year to make sure they are clear of insulation or other debris. Lovewell says if air can’t come in air can’t go out and those vents will act like a vacuum and suck in moisture and snow.