When your home's roof springs a leak during rainy or wet weather, you don't need to wait out the storm before you can have it repaired. Instead of merely placing a bucket under your roof leak to catch the interior leaking water, you can complete a repair patch in your roof, which will prevent further water damage until you can hire a professional to complete a more permanent repair. Here are instructions to help you make your own temporary repair to a flat and a sloped roof in wet weather.

Sloping Roof Repair

If your home's roof is a sloped roof and you begin to see signs of a leaking roof, such as darkening areas or bubbling behind the paint on your ceiling, you will need to get into your attic to plug the hole there. It is a good idea to first poke the end of a screwdriver into any bulging ceiling to drain the water behind the drywall and release the water pressure to prevent the ceiling from falling in. Catch the draining water with a bucket or other basin. 

As you prepare to enter your home's attic, take some wet patch roofing cement, a putty knife, and a shingle or piece of plywood of similar size to make the patch. Once inside the attic, locate where on the underside of your roof the leak is originating from. Sometimes water can enter in at one point of your roof and run along a rafter or the roofing deck, so be careful to find its original entry point.

Apply some wet patch roofing cement onto the hole on the interior of your roofing deck to plug the hole. Next, apply wet patch roofing cement onto the shingle or plywood and press it over the wet patched area. Last, apply more roofing cement around the patch's edges and over its surface to further seal the leak. 

Determine the location of the leak while you are inside your attic by measuring the length from the edge of the roof and the roof peak. This will help you figure out which shingle or shingles on your roof are allowing water to leak inside your home. Prepare to get on your wet roof by wearing a pair of rubber soled shoes or boots with extra traction to keep you safe on the roof. It is recommended to to use a roof harness that you can attach to the peak of your home's roof for extra safety. A slippery roof is listed third on the top ten rooftop safety hazards and you are at risk for slipping and falling from the roof.

Once on your roof, measure to determine where the leak is originating from. Use the putty knife to apply more wet patch roofing cement around the edges and undersides of the shingles in the leak area.

Flat Roof Repair

Repairing a flat roof can be completed safely during a rain storm because you will be working on a flat, not sloped surface. When you discover your flat roof is leaking, determine the location where the water is leaking in from. You can complete this by looking into your attic crawl space to find the leak location, then measuring the distance of the leak from the edges of your roof with a tape measure.

Safely gain access to your roof, taking with you a few supplies: your tape measure, a roll of tinfoil, some wet patch roofing cement, a spatula, and disposable rubber gloves. Be sure to wear rubber soled shoes to provide adequate traction. 

It is common for a flat roof leak to be situated within a puddle of water on your roof. Wet patch roofing cement will seal the leak despite the very wet conditions. Wearing rubber gloves, apply an amount of wet patch roofing cement onto the hole in your roof to seal it. Then, tear off a section of aluminum foil that is a slightly smaller than the wet patch and press it onto the cement. Your roof should now be patched of any leaks.

Use this information to help you patch and repair any roofing leaks during wet weather.

If you feel you cannot do this repair on your own, visit websites like http://www.berwaldroofing.com to get in touch with a profession who can help you. 

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