How to Temporarily Fix a Leaking Roof While Waiting for Repairs

February 26, 2019 11:49 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Do you have a problem with your roof—and in particular, is that problem that there’s a big leak or several small leaks in it? This is the most common roof problem we encounter as a roofing company in Gilbert, AZ. Everyone gets a leak every now and then, and while it is certainly a pain in the neck, it doesn’t have to be a big, stressful occurrence.

Here’s the good news: for a quality, experienced roofing contractor, fixing a few leaks is no big deal. Don’t worry—a leaking roof doesn’t necessarily mean you will have to replace the entire roof!

But that being said, sometimes you can’t have a roofing contractor visit right away. Perhaps it’s the weekend or a holiday, or your roofing contractor is booked up for a few days. Fortunately, there are some fairly effective short-term repairs you can do to stop the immediate leaking and keep your roof intact while you wait for your contractor to arrive. With this in mind, here are four temporary, do-it-yourself fixes for a roof leak:

  • Cover it with a tarp: This is probably the easiest and most obvious solution: if your roof tends to leak when it rains, covering it with a tarp will keep the precipitation from getting through, protecting your ceiling and the inside of your home from water damage. Make sure your tarp is secure so it won’t blow away in a storm—tying it down or securing it with strong duct tape should do the trick!
  • Use plastic cement: Do you have a tube of roofing cement among your tools? If not, get over to the hardware store as soon as possible and buy one, as this small, simple tool is among one of the most effective for temporarily stopping roof leaks. Simply apply it directly to the cracked, leaking part of your roof, and you can enjoy some temporary relief while you wait for the roofing contractor to fully solve the issue.
  • Quick shingles: Is your leaking roof causes by a broken shingle? You might want to consider fashioning some “do-it-yourself” shingles. Grab some copper or sheet metal, and cut out some squares that match the general size of your shingles, then replace the damaged shingles. Good as new—well, not quite, but at least good enough to get you through a few days!
  • Roofing tape: Similar to plastic roofing cement, roofing tape is another helpful tool to have in your arsenal. This can also be found at virtually any hardware store, and is very easy to apply directly to the leaky areas.

Now that you are aware of some easy, temporary solutions to a leaking roof, you do not have to feel overwhelmed or helpless the next time your roof gets a leak. However, it is also important to remember that all of these temporary solutions are just that: temporary!

To get a permanent fix for your leaking roof, give the team at Five Guys Roofing a call today. We are proud to be your go-to roofing company in Gilbert, AZ.

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