Is your roof beginning to leak, and the problem is now causing it to pour inside your home instead of outside? These problems can be caused by things like wear, storm damage and punctures in roofing materials. Sometimes, when you need to have the leaks fixed, a roofing pro may not be able to get over to your house right away. If this is the case, here are a few emergency roof leak repair tips that will help you stop making it rain inside your home:
1. Severe Wind Damage and Fastening Tarps to Temporarily Stop Leaks
One of the problems that you are going to have to deal with when it comes to damage to roofing is severe wind damage. Sometimes, these problems can lead to large areas of missing shingles or even structural damage to your home. You will probably need professional help repairing the damage, but installing a tarp will help stop leaks until repairs are completed. When installing tarps, make sure that they are nailed beneath the tabs of shingles or over the ridge (peak) of your roof to prevent water from getting beneath the tarp.
2. Replacing Torn or Missing Shingles That Were Damaged in Severe Weather
It is also important to replace torn or missing shingles when doing repairs to your roof. Sometimes, the shingles that are missing may just be a single shingle or two in isolated areas. If you have shingles that are torn and severely damaged in a couple of isolated areas, remove them and put new shingles in their place. It is always a good idea to have a spare bundle of shingles around your home for these types of repairs.
3. Inspecting and Repairing Damage Around Chimneys and Due to Ice Dams
Inspecting your roof is an important part of routine maintenance, and during the winter months, you want to look for ice dam wear that can cause leaks. This is something that usually happens at the eaves of your roof; where snow melts and refreezes to form dams. This ice eats away at the surface of shingles and can cause wear that leads to leaks. Look for missing granules and pitting in shingles where ice dams typically form. Another area where you may have a problem with leaks and wear on the roof is around the chimney. Sometimes, these problems can be difficult to repair if you have a masonry chimney, and you may need to have a chimney repair service help with the repairs.
4. Patching Holes From Nails, Fasteners, and Damage Caused by General Roof Wear
Nails, fasteners and other materials can cause roofing like shingles to develop punctures. These problems may start as just small leaks, but they can quickly grow into more serious problems that are costly to repair. When you inspect your roof, look for these problems and patch any holes with asphalt roofing cement. If you are patching holes from roofing or decking nails, make sure that you remove the nails that caused the puncture before patching the hole.
These are some tips that will help you deal with emergency leak repairs when the roofing pros are still on their way, but it is now pouring in your home. If your chimney has started leaking, contact a chimney repair service for help with restorations before you have family over for the winter months.