A leaking roof needs immediate attention. While it’s often best to leave significant repairs to the professionals, here are eight quick fixes you can do to mitigate damage until the pros arrive:
- Catch the Drips
Use a bucket or any large container to catch the water. This will prevent further damage to your floors and furnishings.
- Use a Tarp
If you can safely access your roof, a large, heavy-duty tarp can be a temporary solution. Secure it over the leaking area to prevent more water from getting in.
- Apply Roofing Tape or Sealant
For small leaks, apply a roofing tape or sealant on the inside of your roof. Remember, this is only a temporary solution.
- Replace Missing or Damaged Shingles
If you notice a missing or damaged shingle, and you’re comfortable doing it, replace it to prevent further leaks.
- Use Roofing Cement for Small Holes
Roofing cement can be a temporary solution for small holes. Apply it generously to the roof leaking area.
- Clear Gutters and Downspouts
Blocked gutters and downspouts can cause water to back up and seep into your roof. Ensure they’re clear of debris.
- Cover Interior Leaks with Plastic Sheeting
Plastic sheeting can be used inside your home to prevent water from damaging your interiors. Secure it where water is dripping.
- Dry Out Affected Areas
As much as possible, dry out areas affected by the leak to prevent mould and mildew growth.
While these quick fixes can help minimise damage, they are not permanent solutions. A professional roofer should assess your roof as soon as possible to conduct necessary repairs or roof replacements. If you’re in New Zealand, Kiwi Roof Masters can help. Our team of professionals is ready to tackle your roofing issues. Contact us today for a free quote.