How Can I Find and Patch Roof Leaks Before Calling a Professional?

If you discover that the storm outside has followed you into your home through the ceiling or from a light fixture, don’t panic. Unified Roofing is trained and insured to deal with any leaks or damage that may have happened to your roof. But if you watch the news and learn of even more storms on the way, there are steps you can follow to stem the flow before we arrive to help. All it takes are a few tools, some pieces of protective gear, and the determination to protect your home and your health.

What You’ll Need for a Quick Patch

Here is a list of some of the tools and materials you will need to create your own roof patch. Keep in mind that not all leaks will require everything listed below, so it may be a good idea to perform an inspection before you pick up these supplies.

Here are the basics:

  • A dependable ladder
  • Flashlight
  • Dust mask
  • Tape measure

For an indoor patch:

  • Spray-on silicone
  • Wet sealant
  • Cement mix (for serious damage leaks)
  • Plywood sheets
  • 2×4’s for reinforcement

For an outdoor patch:

  • A sturdy tarp
  • Hammer and nails
  • Safety harness
  • A friend or family member

Head Up to the Attic and Find the Source

The first step to patching your roof is to find the source of the water. Most homes have an accessible attic, even if they are unused spaces with a lot of dust. You will likely need a ladder to climb up, as well as a dependable mask to protect your lungs from breathing in any particulate that may have accumulated up above.

The source of the leak may or may not be obvious. Search for pools of water on the floor as well as tracks of water that have dripped from the roof above. If there is insulation in the way, move it aside to get a better picture of the leak behind it. If it isn’t currently raining or you’re having trouble finding the exact source, have a friend or family member spray a hose up to the roof, and you’re bound to find the spot right away.

How to Patch Both Inside and Out

If you believe the leak can be easily patched from the inside with spray-on silicone, this is the best and safest method. If the damage to your roof is severe because of missing shingles or structural damage, you can attempt to reinforce the roof with applications of cement mix backed by plywood boards and secured to strong portions of the roof with 2×4’s.

If the wind and storms are gone, you can improve the protection by going up top and nailing down a tarp over the area of the leak. Be cautious of additional loose shingles, and always work with the help of a friend or family member strong enough to hold your weight should you begin to fall. Wear a safety harness on your belt and keep a rope tied off at all times. Don’t rush. Take your time and make sure the leaks stop.

When we arrive to repair your roof, your home will already be temporarily protected from additional rainwater that might have done expensive damage otherwise! Contact us for roof repairs, replacements, and more today!

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