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Making A Water Catcher To Temporarily Deal With The Water Running Down Your Walls From A Leaking Roof

If you notice water running down your walls during a downpour because of a leaking roof, you will need to take immediate action to prevent damage to your home's interior. If you are unable to go outside to put a tarp on the roof because of heavy winds or lightning, use the following steps to capture the water to minimize its impact on your floors.

Step 1:  Gather Your Supplies

Before you begin making your water catcher, you will want to have your supplies on hand. You will need to act fast, especially if the water is running in rapidly.

To create your water catcher, you will need a roll of duct tape, a two-foot long sheet of heavy duty aluminum foil, and two buckets. You will also need four old towels to mop up the water. Once you have everything you need, proceed to step two.

Step 2:  Soak Up As Much Water As Possible

Wad up and place two thick towels at the base of your wall to catch any water while you are making your water catcher. Then, double one towel over, place it about six inches away from the wall, and put one bucket on the towel. With the fourth towel, wipe up as much water as you can from the wall. Keep it handy in case you need to use it again in the next step.

Step 3:  Create Your Water Catcher

After you have dried the area as much as possible, it is time to create your water catcher. About three feet up on the wall, position the aluminum foil so one of the short ends is flat against the surface. If needed, dry the area above the foil once again, then secure the foil to the wall with the duct tape.

Once the foil is secured, place the bottom end of the foil into the bucket and make a crease in the middle. The foil will act as a funnel and direct the water into the bucket. As the bucket fills up, place the second one under the foil, and empty the water as needed.

Once it is safe to do so, you may want to place a tarp over the damaged portion of your roof to keep the water from coming into your home. However, since these are only temporary solutions to your leaking roof, you may want to call a roofing contractor like Liberty Exteriors LLC to have it inspected, as well as discuss your repair options.


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