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Any homeowner who lives in an area prone to hurricanes or tornadoes knows a thing or two about emergency roofing, but that awareness and preparedness shouldn't be exclusive to such areas. Every community can experience a storm so bad that homeowners are advised to prepare and that may cause leaks and other roof damage while the storm is underway. Homeowners should at least know that many Fort Worth roofing companies are available to handle emergencies around the clock.

The most common solution for emergency roofing is a roof tarp, which looks like a large area of blue plastic up on a roof. Such tarps, sometimes called hurricane tarps, can be installed in advanced of a bad storm because they can prevent shingle damage and can prevent water from getting up under shingles that strong winds have lifted. Roof tarps are also used when roof damage has occurred, but the damage cannot be permanently repaired until the storm subsides or some other condition is met.

An alternative to a roof tarp is synthetic underlayment, which can create a watertight seal.

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This solution is most prevalent with new construction when the initial roofing hasn't been installed yet or in areas where damage is widespread and there simply isn't enough manpower to deal with it all in a timely fashion. Installation of underlayment generally requires a professional roofer. Tarps can be installed by the homeowner, but it's generally best to hire someone with experience. Many roofing companies offer storm preparedness services that include laying down tarps.

In the event that roof damage occurs during a storm, don't hesitate. Call a roofer immediately. Depending on the severity of the storm, the roofer may not get there right away, but the roofer can at least provide guidance on how to proceed. Usually, a roofer will come out as soon as they're able, lay the tarp and then return to begin the repairs once the worksite is dry. After calling a roofer, call the insurance company. Most insurance companies have 24 hour client assistance, and it's never too early to alert them to the damage and get the ball rolling.

If water is reaching the interior of the home, it's important to minimize that damage. Use buckets to catch dripping water. Remove water from walls and floors with towels and mops. Then bring as many fans as are available into the area in order to keep the air moving and dry. The air circulation will actually help prevent mildew from setting in until the damage can be repaired.

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