At some point, every home will experience a leaking issue in its roof. This is especially true for older homes that live in rougher climates. For example, snowstorms in the Midwest can take quite a toll on roofs and eventually cause damage that leads to leaks. Here in Texas, it’s not uncommon for storms and heavy rain to lead to leaks as well.
For these reasons, it’s important to be proactive with your roof. Ideally, you’re getting a roof inspection every 10-15 years to ensure that the quality is still there and that the next time a big storm rolls through, your roof is ready to handle it. Otherwise, you’ll have to scramble to fix the issue—sometimes even during a storm—to mitigate the damage until a professional can come to your home and repair it.
If you’re experiencing a leaky roof and need a quick fix, here are 4 cheap repairs that will get the job done for at least a few days. It’s essential that you treat these repairs as only temporary. Leaving your roof with one of these repairs will only lead to more trouble down the road. So, as soon as you patch up the issue, make sure to contact a professional roofer right away. Whether your leak is from extensive storm damage or just wear and tear from over the years, give Eagle Eye a call. We’ll restore the integrity of your home and roof to make sure that it’s protecting everything inside—including you and your family. Attain peace of mind with your roof by working with Eagle Eye today.
If you are in a pinch, here are 4 temporary fixes for a leaking roof that you can try. Keep in mind, any fixes that involve getting on your roof should only be done by those who can handle the physical requirement of getting on a ladder and walking on the roof. And of course, don’t go on top of your roof during the storm.
4 Temporary Fixes For Leaking Roofs
If you have any holes on your roof, plastic sheeting is a somewhat reliable option (as long as you get an actual repair soon after). Take sturdy sheets of plastic and fasten them to the roof using roofing nails. In addition, you can weigh it down using large rocks or bricks. In drastic cases, duct tape can always be used to help keep the plastic on, as well as to fill small holes.
Easily the most common of the temporary fixes, a good ol’ fashioned waterproof tarp is actually a very reliable temporary fix for a leaking roof. The tricky part about using tarps is that you have to make sure that it A) covers the entire area where the leak is coming from or where there is visible damage and B) has to be flat against your roof so that there aren’t any gaps where water can slide through. As with the plastic sheets, you can nail down the edges or use duct tape to keep it secure so that if another storm comes by, it won’t blow away and leave your roof susceptible to more damage and leaks.
Pro tip: if one tarp isn’t enough or if you want to be extra careful, add an extra layer or two of tarps.
You can use tar paper and plastic roofing cement to remedy a leaking roof as well. Using a caulk gun or trowel, you can spread the tar paper on your roof to cover the area of damage. You can typically find plastic roofing cement at a lot of hardware stores. If you can get your hands on some roofing felt in a short amount of time, you can put that on top, which will act as an extra layer to protect your home from water damage.
Patching (or Plugging)
Patching the leak using roofing tape is also a potential solution. If you notice where the leak is coming from inside your attic, simply apply roofing tape to the area. This is a much safer way to remedy the leak and is the best option for anyone not comfortable getting up on their roof (especially if you don’t have someone to assist with holding the ladder). This method will work if the rain has stopped, but the adhesive properties of the tape may wear away if it is still raining hard.
Another option in line with patching is plugging. Using water and a powder that is similar to cement, you can pour it into the top of your roof where the damage is. The mixture will then dry solid and stop water from getting in. However, it won’t work for a super long time. Eventually, you’ll need to repeat the process until a professional roofer can come by and fix the issue.
For homeowners in the Houston, Texas area, make sure to give Eagle Eye a call ASAP after your roof sustains storm damage. We’re the premier storm damage repair roofing team in Houston and are ready to help restore your home’s integrity at the drop of a hat!