A leaking roof can cause a major headache for homeowners since the leakage can only be detected during the rainy season and therefore cannot be planned for. This implies that you will note the presence of the leakage when you are too late for anything else but a repair.
This leaves with no time to contemplate, no time to plan because if you don’t take a quick action, the more damage the rain will cause to your interior. It is advisable to immediately contact a roofer there as soon as possible. But you have to take measures to temporarily stop the leaks from causing more damage until the roofing contractor arrives. In this article, we will focus on these measures.
Measures to take in case of a leaking roof
1) Deal with the interior.
Usually, a leak will slowly accumulate at the ceiling until it finds an escape route. This can be at a light fixture or a place with heat register. If this continues for several hours, the leak will start to find more escape routes, making the leak much worse, and thus damage the greater part of your ceiling. In order to minimize this, you should look for the wettest spot or a bulge in the ceiling and then drill a small hole in the middle to release the leakage. Place a bucket under the hole to collect the draining water.
2) Locate the point of entry of the leak.
This should start from the inside. Remember, it is difficult to stop a leaky roof in the rain. Therefore, you have to locate the leak and mark the point of repair after rain. When locating the entry point keep in mind that the leak in the ceiling and the actual leak in the roof may not align. In case you have a layer of plywood under your roof covering, then you should be keen since water will travel from the leak in the roofing material to the nearest joint in the plywood.
3) Maintain the situation until the roofer arrives.
After you locate the point of entry from the inside, the next step should be undertaking a temporary repair. This can be done using roofing cement, roofing tape or a tarp. These can be purchased from a home improvement store. You can put roofing cement or tape inside the attic to your roof decking’s inside, and to your roofs outside.
These are the best option if you are not confident enough to climb your rooftop and put the tarp to control any more leakage. When you are covering the roof with a tarp, you must cut the tarp ensuring that it sufficiently covers the water damaged area and leaves about extra 4 feet of the tarp at every end of your damaged roofing. You should then secure the tarp with 2 x 4 boards. Additionally, you can staple or nail the tarp to the boards. This will secure it from being carried by the wind.
Taking the above measures will help you prevent further damage to your home and properties until a professional roofing contractor can arrive to mend your roof.