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Your Mount Pleasant roofing sprung a leak, but your roofer won't be able to fix it immediately. What do you do?

While the most reliable roofers will get out to your home as soon as they can, quick professional responses aren't always possible or economically practical. If a big storm is coming, you may just have to perform a temporary fix. Here are some tips on using readily available materials to keep moisture out until assistance can arrive.

There are a number of patch products designed to be easy for homeowners to apply, but be selective about what you choose. In many cases, roofing holes or leaks are hard to pinpoint because they cover large or irregular areas. Select a patch that will protect a sufficient amount of shingle surface area to prevent the incursion of water.

Roofing tar is usually one of the most cost-effective solutions for casual homeowners. Five-gallon buckets can be purchased relatively cheaply at most general hardware stores, and the tar they contain will cover anywhere from 20 to 30 square feet of your roof when the manufacturer's instructions are followed properly.

Liquid tars are designed to be spread in thin layers that cover a number of worn or degraded shingles.

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If you apply these substances to the roofing felt beneath the shingles, you may find that any subsequent repairs will require more extensive modifications and extra labor to remove the patch, but this is better than having your attic flood.

You'll also require an applicator, such as a paintbrush or an old broom for larger areas. Clean the roof thoroughly to ensure that you don't trap debris or plant material beneath the patch. When applying the liquid tar, brush downwards to avoid lifting the edges of the tiles. Avoid applying excessive pressure that might cause further shingle wear, and be careful not to walk through the tar you've already laid down.

If your roof has developed a deeper hole, thin liquid tar won't really do the trick. In these cases, you're probably better off using plastic roof cement or roof foundation coating. These substances are a bit harder to work with due to their higher viscosities, but they're ideal for filling in major breaches and creating temporary, water-stopping repairs.

Remember that although the tar-patch method is a cheap way to fix a roof in preparation for a coming storm, it's not a valid long-term solution. As your roof expands and contracts due to temperature changes, the tar will lose its elasticity and crack. UV light from the sun also increases the brittleness of such patches, potentially rendering them useless in as little as a few months depending on how your home is situated. Another negative factor to consider is that tar repairs leave irregular, shiny black patches on your roof and detract from your home's appearance.

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