3 Steps to Find and Repair a Leaking Roof
Let’s say you are enjoying your Thursday night football and a heavy thunderstorm moves in. After you are done yelling at your team for not passing the ball to your wide open receiver.. you hear the sound of water coming from somewhere. You investigate the issue further and learn you have a leak in your dining room. By the time that you find the leak you can clearly see where the water has pooled in one spot for too long. You may even see some discoloration in the ceiling. Your wife is yelling for you to get a bucket she doesn’t want her floors ruined. What is the course of action here? I’m going to give you a few steps to follow in case of a roofing emergency. Be sure to always contact a licensed roofer to repair your roof after the storm has passed.
Step 1: The leak is the most likely cause of rainwater pooling in one spot for a certain amount of time. After so long the drywall will give and the water will run freely. In order to stop the pooling and gain control of the leak, you’ll need to find a couple of things.
Find 2 buckets to hold the water that drains from the ceiling.
Grab a small screwdriver, doesn’t have to be a specific one just any old screwdriver will do.
If you want you can also grab something to put in the bottom of the bucket to prohibit the water from splashing out onto the floor. Take the screwdriver and puncture the area where you see the water coming from. This will keep the water from pooling and causing more damage to the drywall or other parts of the ceiling. It will give you control over the leak. Use your bucket to catch all the excess water that drains from the ceiling.
Step 2: Locate where the leak is? Most of the time when a ceiling leaks in one spot it’s not necessarily where the leak originated from on the roof. You will need to go into the attic. Be careful of the ceiling joists. If you have something laying around that you can lay across them use it. It will make crossing the joist easier and safer in order to find the leak in the roof. This could prove to be difficult if you have a layer of plywood under your roof covering. If this is the case the water will most likely run to the nearest joint in the plywood. You will need to create some sort of base that goes across the joist in order to use the second bucket to catch the water coming in. After the rains have subsided you might want to make a quick trip to your local hardware store to gather supplies to make yourself a quick patch for your roof. Depending on what season it is some roofers may not be able to get to you right away. Therefore, you need to be prepared for any future rainy weather that approaches your area.
Step 3: You’ll need to purchase a tarp, two-by-fours, roofing cement or roofing tape. Any of the options will serve its purpose until the roofing contractor arrives. If you choose to tarp the area there are a few quick rules you should follow to make sure the area is adequately covered.
Rule one: Measure at least 4 feet on all four sides of the tarp to cover the leak appropriately.
Rule Two: You’ll want to take the 2×4’s and sandwich the tarp between the 2×4’s and nail it together. Repeat for the other side. Secure both sides with nails that will not go all the way through your roof but keep the 2×4’s secure until your contractor arrives.
Keep everything cool, calm and calculated. If you do and you follow these few simple steps you will not only stop more damage to your roof but maybe just maybe get out of arguing with your wife over whose way is right or wrong. If not your contractor will have the easy job. Good Luck!
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