Keep Water Out of Your House
After contacting your insurance company, it’s important to take steps to keep water from coming in through the damaged roof.
HOW TO PROPERLY TARP A ROOF:
- Locate the source of the leak.
- Choose a tarp large enough to extend at least four feet over the ridge while thoroughly covering the roof damage.
- Stretch the tarp flat on the roof, extending one edge at least four feet over the ridge.
- Position several long pieces of wood (1x2s or 2x4s work fine) on the tarp, lined up vertically down the slope.
- Attach the board to the roof decking, through the tarp, with eight-penny nails.
- Use plastic-cap nails to secure the tarp to the roof.
- Never walk on a tarped roof area; especially in wet weather, tarps can be very slick
- Wear work gloves and safety goggles
- Never go up on the roof when it is raining
- Watch for downed overhead power lines and treat all power lines as “live.” Note that generators can energize lines that are not actively receiving power from the electrical grid.