If you know you have a leaking roof, you can contact Maycon Construction Services in Huntington, WV at (304) 208-8978. Schedule a convenient time for us to come out, have a look, prepare a quote, and we’ll get started with the repairs needed to fix that leaking roof.
But what if you don’t know you have a leaking roof until heavy rains come along? That’s the worst time to find out your roof is leaking. Heavy rains can cause water to begin leaking through a hole that’s been developing for some time. Once you notice the leak, it’s quite likely that you have a large area of drywall saturated with water and therefore ruined.
Naturally, fixing or patching a roof leak in the rain is no party. Locating the leak can be time-consuming, and roof repairs can take even longer. But the longer you delay, the more damage the water will do to the inside of your house. You must find the source of the leak and patch it immediately.
Preparing to Find a Roof Leak in the Rain
Finding the roof leak location is your first priority, but it might not be as easy as simply going to the attic and looking at the roof. If you can access your attic, follow these instructions. If you can’t, skip to the section called “Patching the Roof from Outside” for instructions on creating an emergency roof covering.
Start by going there and clearing away any wet insulation if present. Next, you’ll want to use a sponge or towel to dry up any water that has gathered in a puddle on the floor. If necessary, you may need to place a piece of sturdy wood across the ceiling joists and place a bucket there to collect the dripping water. You don’t want the bucket right on the ceiling drywall because it can get so heavy it will burst through the ceiling when it fills up with water.
Finding the Roof Leak in the Rain
Start from the drip and follow the water to where it is coming from in the roof. You might be surprised at how far away this can be. Also, while you can often see the water’s path along a rafter, in some cases the water will follow under the roof decking, making it harder to trace. If you don’t feel comfortable doing such, contact our roofing contractors at Maycon Construction Services!
Patching the Roof from the Attic
Once you’ve located the leak, you’ll need some roofing tar and an extra shingle or piece of wood for a patch. Use a trowel to apply roofing tar generously to the leak, push the patch onto the area, and add more roofing tar to the edges of the patch. Measure from the roof’s gable to the leak and write this measurement down.
After the rain stops, you can go to the roof and measure from the roof gable to locate the leak area. Add roofing tar to the shingles’ underside in the area for reinforcement while waiting for a roofer.
Patching the Roof from Outside
If you don’t have access to the attic, you’ll need to create an emergency roof covering to block the leak. You can do this using 6-mil or thicker polyethylene, preferably a 4-foot roll and four 8-foot long two-by-four planks.
Start by measuring your roof from eave to ridge. Add 4 feet to that distance and cut a piece that long from the polyethylene roll. Unfold the polyethylene enough to create an 8-foot-wide strip. Next, wrap an end of the plastic around a plank and staple it in place. Then place another plank on top, nailing it to the first with the plastic between the two planks.
Now take the plastic to the roof. Place the planks at the edge of the roof near the eaves at the leak location. Drape the plastic up the roof and over the top, covering the area where you estimate the leak is occurring. Wrap the other side of the plastic around another plank, then staple and add a second plank as before. Let that pair hang over the ridge.
All of these measures are temporary. A professional roofer needs to take care of the leak as soon as possible. Call Maycon Construction Services in Huntington, WV, at (304) 208-8978 today for a roof assessment.