What can you do if you’re in full rainy season and your roof is leaking? It’s tough to know how to deal with a leaking roof in the middle of a crisis!
Thankfully, there’s a fairly simple trick for dealing with a leak in a pinch. All you’ll need is a length of polyurethane sheeting or a tarp, a few 2″ x 4″ boards, and some nails.
First, roll one end of the tarp around a 2 x 4 a few times, and staple the plastic into place. Place another board on top of the first, and use nails to join the two together. Repeat the process on the other side of the plastic.
Drag your plastic onto your roof, and spread the plastic sheeting or tarp over the leaking spot. One side of the plastic will hang down at the end of your roof, while the other will have to be passed over the top to hang down on the other roof slope. The weight of the boards will keep the tarp nice and tight, and will hold it in place. Make sure that the tarp is covering as much around the leaking spot as possible, and pull it tight.
Warning: DO NOT nail or staple anything to your roof. This can lead to damaged shingles and/or tiles, and can just make things worse.
This simple method for dealing with a leaking roof will help to reduce the amount of water that soaks into the hole or leaking spot. You may still get a minor leak, and this won’t be a long-term solution. It’s just a stop-gap method to prevent more serious damage until the contractor can come in and make the repairs properly.
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