Roofing First Aid: Temporary Fixes for Your Roof
You should have a contractor fix a leaky roof as soon as possible. While you’re waiting for them to arrive, you can make some minor repairs to prevent the damage from spreading. Kat Construction, your local storm restoration specialist, shows you how you can stop roof damage from spreading below.
Before you attempt any repairs, assess the risk. Always prioritize your safety. If it’s still a bit windy or wet outside, avoid climbing onto your roof or doing any repair work. Wait until the weather clears up a bit.
Cover Holes in Your Roof
Gale-force winds can blow off parts of your roof. The debris carried by the wind can also do serious damage. If strong winds leave behind holes on your roof, cover the damaged portions with a tarp or a sheet of heavy plastic. This should prevent water from soaking your interior.
Move Furniture Away From Leaks
Just in case the tarp gets punctured, move wooden furniture and electronic appliances away from leaks.
Patch Minor Leaks Using Rubber Peel
Normally, only particularly extreme weather events would be able to tear a hole in your roof. In most cases, your roof only suffers minor damage. But that’s all it takes for water to infiltrate the underlayers. Once enough water has accumulated in the substrate, a few minor leaks might start to appear. You can stop the water from dripping by patching the leaks with a rubber peel.
Don’t Do DIY Repairs
Keep in mind that doing these measures are aimed solely at preventing your interior from getting wet. It might be tempting to do more extensive repairs yourself. But you’ll likely end up worsening the damage. After temporarily plugging the leaks, wait for your roof restoration service company to arrive.
Just make sure to hire a reputable roofing company. This is to ensure all your roof’s underlying issues are addressed.
Looking for a reputable contractor in your area? Kat Construction, a top-rated contractor on HomeAdvisor, offers a wide range of exterior services, including storm damage window repair services. To get a free roof inspection, call us at (612) 260-1144. Or leave us a message on this page. We serve homeowners in St Paul and Duluth, MN.