Dallas Roofing: Article About Roofing Repairs Until The Pros Arrive
Roof leaks are an inevitable part owning a home. People think that leaks should be left alone until their Dallas roofing professional arrives, but there are actually a few things they can do to lessen potential damage. None of these fixes are permanent, but they will prevent how much water gets into the house.
The first thing to do is cover the damaged area with a tarp. This can be accomplished with a tarp, a piece of heavy duty plastic or even a piece of plywood. Covering the area is easy, but covering the right area isn't that simple. The attic is the first place to look to pinpoint where the water is coming in. Wherever the water is dripping, homeowners should look a short distance up the roof since the water typically rolls down from where it's coming in. The tarp or plastic needs to cover the actual leak and a small distance below it to keep as much water out as possible.
If debris has created a hole, it can be temporarily patched using a piece of flashing and roofing cement. Flashing is found at any hardware store and the kind of flashing used doesn't matter. Homeowners should slip the flashing under the closest shingle and then secure it using the roofing cement. They should avoid plugging the hole with the cement because it will make it that much more difficult to repair the hole later on.
The roofing contractors at Total Roofing of Dallas can assist you with any questions regarding emergency repairs or gutters.
Roofing professionals should be called immediately, but if they can't get out within the next day or so, this fix should last a few days to a week if there isn't any significant moisture that follows.
Very small leaks may be covered with roofing tar until the shingle can be repaired or replaced. This works best on leaks caused by missing shingles, and tar is never a suitable replacement for a new shingle. To get the best seal, the tar should be pushed into any visible holes or cracks and spread a few inches on every side of the crack. If a leak has occurred because of damaged flashing, the damaged area can be temporarily patched using roofing cement. Damaged vent boots may be repaired short-term with tar. The crack is covered using quality duct tape and then the tar can be applied over the tape. The tar should extend a few inches beyond the crack in all directions to create the best seal.
Small leaks are easily repaired temporarily by homeowners. Interim fixes should only be used to prevent major damage from occurring until roofing professionals arrive and should never be considered permanent repairs.