Unfortunately, when there are storms in your area, you may not be the first on the list for repairs. If you have waited too long, you may find yourself at the end of a very long waiting list. This can be a big problem if you have major damage and leaks in your home. You may want to do some temporary fixes to save your home from further damage. Here are some tips to help you keep your home dry when you are at the end of a roofer's waiting list:
1. Finding The Source Of Water Leaks On The Roof
Many problems can cause roof leaks on your home. This can be due to things like missing shingles, nails, and hail damage. It can sometimes be difficult to find the areas where water is getting in your home. A good way to pinpoint the problem is to get on your roof and mark any damage with spray paint.
2. Repairing Small Leaks Using Roofing Patch Cement
Small leaks can come from things like worn shingles and storm damage. If you have marked your roof for potential damage, go to all the places where you have marked and patch them. You can use roofing cement to cover any potential leaks temporarily. This is an asphalt based cement that comes in buckets and tubes. For just a few repairs, you can use the tube type patch materials to do repairs.
3. Finding And Patching Up Damage To Flashing And Mechanical Boots
Another area of your roof that can have leaks is flashing. This can be due to wear and damage. To repair these problems, you can get flashing and slide it beneath the shingles and over the old flashing. This may also be a problem with the boots that go around mechanical vents. For boots, you may want to try patching them, but if it does not work, you can replace the boots yourself.
4. Installing A Roof Tarp To Protect From Leaks While Waiting On Repairs
The damage on your roof may be too extensive to do some of the temporary repairs yourself. If you have large sections of damage roofing or missing shingles, you may need to install a roof tarp until you can have repairs done. You will want to nail the tarp to the roof. You can nail it under shingles to keep water out. To hold the tarp down better, nail a 2x4 on top of the tarp to keep it from blowing away in the wind.
These are some tips to help you keep your home dry when you are at the end of a long waiting list. If your home has roof damage and leaks that are in need of repair, contact a roofing contractor such as Mid-Miami Roofing, Inc. as soon as possible to ensure your repairs are at the top of the list.