Are you trying to fix your leaky roof yourself? It is quite a task, especially during an emergency situation. When the weather goes bad, property owners are faced with the tough decision to make emergency repairs before the problem gets worse. Repair procedures must be done safely by both professional roof repair men and non-professionals alike.
Roof Repair Procedures
There is no one solution to addressing an emergency roof repair because of the different materials used in various roofs. Here are general guidelines that you can follow whenever an emergency roof repair takes place:
- The first thing you do during an emergency roof repair is protect the interior. Protect the interior of your home by using containers to collect the water dripping from the leaks on your roof. You can also use a plastic sheet to temporarily cover the leaks.
- After you have patched your leaky roof temporarily, remove the excess water from your roof. Inspect your scuppers and roof drains to make sure that they are working properly. The most common cause of collapsed and leaky roofs is ponding on the roof’s surface because of clogged scuppers and drains.
- Determine the exact location of the leak. To help you determine the exact location of the leak, locate the point above where the leakiest area of your home is taking place. After you have determined the location of the leak, inspect the rooftop equipment, after you have inspected the mechanical equipment, inspect the penetrations and the flashings at the terminations. If your roof and its mechanisms are ballasted with pavers or gravel, make sure to remove the ballast from the leaky area, then, inspect the membrane surface for any punctures. Lastly, inspect the seams in the roof membrane.
- Now that you know where the leak is, it is time to perform the emergency repair you need. There are different types of sealing material at your disposal. Choose the best one suited for your type of roofing.
How can you seal your leaky roof?
Plastic Roofing Cement
You can use fabric, roofing felt, or plastic cement as an emergency patch for your leaky roof. You can get plastic cement in wet patch or rain patch grades, which are easier to apply on damp or wet roof surfaces. Avoid using pourable or liquid asphalt to cover the leaks on your roof. Plastic cement may work temporarily but it often deteriorates after a while.
Wood block is another material you can use to patch the leaks on your roof. If your roof has a puncture in the membrane or a small seam, create a small circular incision near the seam or puncture. The incision you create must be able to fit a 2”x4”x4” wood block through the hole just under the membrane. Once you have made the incisions, insert two wood blocks on top of each other through the hole. Make sure to nail or staple the wooden blocks to prevent the hole from getting bigger.