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Ottawa Water Damage – Roof Leak

What steps should you take before the PatchBoyz arrive?

Edited July 28 2021

Have you recently had a leak in your home?

 

If you’ve experienced one of the following scenarios we can help:

  • Big rain downpour and poor roof seal caused water damage in your home

  • Sink/tub overflowed and leaked onto the next floor or apartment

  • Plumbing leak caused water damage

  • Condenser from Air conditioner or fridge leaked and caused water damage

  • Poor vapour barrier or insulation has left condensation in your home, damaging drywall

  • Old windows with condensation have leaked onto drywall, rotting and damaging it

We see these problems all the time. Especially in older homes where maintenance needs to be done.

Water damage due to roof leak

If you’ve had damage to your drywall as a result of a roof leak, there are some things to consider.

  1. Was it on an exterior or interior wall

  2. Is there insulation in that wall?

  3. How far did the water go?

  4. Has it stopped leaking?

  5. If you have a flat-roof, is there a proper drainage path for water?


Obviously, the first thing that needs to be done is to call the roofer. And the roofer can certainly take care of the roof problem. But there is still an event unfolding in the home with that stagnant water.

  • A. If the water has leaked into a non-insulation containing wall, we recommend making several holes and pointing fans at it, for it to dry out.

  • B. If the water has leaked into an exterior wall containing insulation, we recommend either scoring the drywall, at the end of visible damage, and tearing that drywall out, as well as the insulation, then pointing the fan. If you’re not comfortable with this, PatchBoyz, can certainly help with this.


Now you need to inspect to make sure that you’ve taken out everything that was wet. You may now point the fan at this area to dry out your studs and whatever other materials are in the vicinity. If there is a level below, check it for moisture and repeat if necessary.

Steps to take for a Virtual Estimate

To have this repaired, these are the steps we recommend. Of course, we’re quite biased in these instructions, but if it’s all the same to you, we’d love to help you restore things back to normal.
1. Take a close up and distanced picture of the area
2. Take measurements of the hole
3. Using the contact button at the bottom of this page to expose our phone number, text us the information along with your email address, address and your name.
4. Await a quote by email and a potential introduction phone call.

We try to provide all quotes within 24hrs, and quicker if possible.

What we can do:
Drywall - we’ll re-drywall the area after having installed the necessary backing.
Mudding – we apply tape and 3-4 coats of drywall compound.
Sanding – using a dustless system.
Prime – we need to prime our work in order to perform a prime check.
Paint – this is optional. We can paint the patch/repair with matching paint or we can paint the entire wall. If a surface was painted over a year ago, even a paint-match is not as precise as most would want.

If a stipple ceiling has been damaged, we’re also able to repair and match that texture. Another option that PatchBoyz can offer is the removal of all the texture on said ceiling. Which would brighten up the room and allow light to reflect and fill the room properly.

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