Roof Leak Emergency


Here is the best ways to make an emergency situation cover for your leaking roofing from plastic sheeting and 2 by Fours:

1. Partially unroll or unfold enough heavy (6-mil) polyethylene sheeting to cover the leaking section of roofing, from eaves to peak; include about 4 feet additional, and cut it with an utility knife. Wrap one end around a 2 by 4 that is as long as the plastic’s width; staple the plastic along the 2 by 4. Sandwich the assembly with a 2nd 2 by 4, and nail the boards together with 3 or four 3-inch or 3 1/4- inch common nails.

2. Location the sandwiched end of the plastic along the eaves. Stretch the sheeting from eaves to ridge, running it over the top of the ridge and down the opposite a couple of feet.

3. Sandwich the leading end of the sheeting with another set of 2 by Fours so the wind will not carry it away. Do not nail any part of this assembly to the roofing system.

Quick Repair for a Roof Leak
If you understand that a roofing leak is being triggered by a hole, often you can temporarily fix it with a 12-by-12-inch piece of galvanized sheet metal flashing, available at practically any house enhancement center or hardware store.

Lift the damaged shingle with one hand, and press the sheet metal flashing up underneath the shingle so the sheet metal covers the hole. It may be essential to pry up one or more roof nails in the row above the harmed shingle so you can push the flashing all the way up under the course of shingles above the leakage so water will be shed over the metal.

Water-Testing for Roofing System Leaks:
If you can’t find the reason for a leakage from the attic or by visual inspection on the roof surface, await dry weather condition and ask a pal to assist you do a water test. To do this, someone goes onto the roofing with a garden pipe; the other person goes inside the attic with a container and a strong light.

The person in the attic watches thoroughly while the one on the roofing floods the roofing system with the hose pipe, beginning at the bottom (the eaves) and slowly working uproof until water from the leak appears in the attic. Once the leakage is found, press a nail up through the hole to mark its location for rooftop repair. Mark the surface of the roofing system with chalk, if necessary.