Is your living room ceiling stained with a big brown spot? Hate to break it to you but you might be dealing with a roof leak. It goes without saying that you should call a professional roofer immediately at the first sight of a stain on your ceiling. The longer you wait, the bigger the stain will grow and slowly develop mold.
What if I can’t get in touch with a roofer?
That is a valid question and this does happen often. In this case, your first job is to locate the leak. There are plenty of ways to do this like inspecting the roof for lose shingles, spraying water on the roof to track its above and inside the house, looking at the roof from underneath to spot signs of poor insulation, mold and rotting wood, and the list goes on.
But that’s not what we are here to discuss. Getting a roof fixed can take a lot longer than you would expect, which is why most roofers require you to book an appointment. In the mean time, you can try the following four tricks to stop the roof leaks.
Place a Tarp over the Roof
If you have found the leak, then you can place a tarp over that section. If you haven’t, then place a tarp over the entire roof. Use strong duct tape to secure the tarp. Don’t use nails because you might accidently set a shingle lose. If the leak is extensive, then double tarp the roof, extend well beyond into the undamaged area. This will prevent the leak from moving.
Plastic Roofing Cement
Better head to your nearest Home Depot and get a tube of roofing cement. This is one of the easiest ways to stop a leak temporarily. From small holes to cracks and lose sides, it will seal anything. You will need a caulk gun to apply the roofing cement. For this, it is necessary to find the exact source of the leak. With this trick, you can save thousands of dollars on water damage.
We did say repair-free trick but hear us out. This DIY trick does not involve using a nail and hammer and replacing the roof shingles. When it comes to roof repairs, it can be quite dangerous to handle such a job yourself. You can use a copper or metal sheet to create a shingle. Find the leak source and then secure this shingle over the leak with roofing cement. It won’t stop the leak but will reduce the water flow heading towards your house.
When in a hurry, let roofing tape come to the rescue. It’s definitely better than placing buckets on the floor to catch the dripping water. Just stand on the ladder and tape the ceiling where the water stain is.
Most roofers recommend the first option to “cover with a tarp to prevent further damage until the roof can be fixed”. These tricks will help you to keep the water damage to a minimum. Remember, you need to be comfortable with the roofing contractor you choose so you can rest in the knowledge that you made the right decision. Do get a couple of estimates before hiring anyone.
STOP Restoration offers its services in Sky Canyon, Centennial Hills, Paradise and many other areas. The company specializes in cleanup and restoration. You can call them at (702) 803-3094.