How To Temporarily Attend To A Leaking Roof
If a strong and dangerous storm comes rushing into your area, then you may notice some damage across your roof. If you start to see some water spots building on your ceilings or if you notice moisture building inside your home, then you know that you have a situation that needs to be attended to. You should wait until the storm passes and call a roofing professional. While you wait for the professional, you should try to patch up your roof as best you can to prevent further leakage issues. Keep reading to learn about some things that you can do to keep the problem from getting worse.
Secure A Tarp
If you want to stop leaking water issues while the storm is raging on, then one of the simplest and easiest things you can do is secure a tarp over the leak area. The best protection is offered by both a large and thick tarp. You want to start by looking for a heavy duty tarp. These products range in thickness from about 21 to 74 mils. The heaviest and thickest tarp is almost two millimeters thick, so go with this option if you can. You also want the tarp to extend at least two to three feet on either side of the leak area. The basic dimensions of the tarp you buy will obviously depend on the size of the damaged area. For example, if the leak appears to be two feet wide, then your tarp should be at least two feet wide on each side of the damage or six feet wide.
The length of the tarp will depend on the location of the leak. If possible, the barrier should extend over the roof ridge to help keep it secure and to also prevent water flow from moving down the roof and flowing into the leak area.
When you buy your tarp, you also need some weights. Some inexpensive masonry bricks can weigh down the tarp fairly well and you want to place about one brick every two to three feet around the perimeter of your tarp. You can also screw down the tarp with deck screws. However, this only adds damage to the roof that will need to be repaired later on. Bricks are a better alternative, especially if you will be investing in a proper professional repair shorty.
Adhere Broken And Damaged Shingles
Once the rain storm passes, remove the tarp. Allow the roof to dry out for about 24 hours before trying to make any repairs. In the meantime, make sure to purchase a tube of roofing cement. You may also need a heat gun.
When the roof is dry, carefully climb on your roof, remove the tarp, and investigate the damaged area. If you see any curled or wavy shingles, then use your heat gun on these areas of the roof. This will help to soften them by warming the petroleum. The shingles will then be pliable. Ripped and torn shingles can be warmed as well to prepare them for adhesion.
Once you complete the heating, gently lift the damaged shingle. If the shingles has angled or loosened to the point that it is sticking out, then make sure to reposition it underneath the shingle sitting above it.
Use your roofing adhesive and place a generous amount of the material underneath the rip, tear, or curl. Use your hand to place gentle pressure on the shingle to secure it over the adhesive material. Remove your hand after about five minutes. If the shingle does not remain in place, then you can use a roofing nail to secure the shingle to the deck. Place a dab of the roofing cement over the nail to reduce leaking concerns.
The damage area of your roof should be safe from leaks until your roofing professional arrives.