How To Use a Shower Curtain Liner to Stop up a Leaking Roof How To Use a Shower Curtain Liner to Stop up a Leaking Roof
Reduce, reuse, recycle; all of those actions will help to reduce the waste that goes into our landfills including your old shower curtain liner. You may have an old shower curtain liner that can be reused. Before you store it clean it by washing it in your washing machine and letting it hang up to dry. Then fold it up and you’ll be ready to use it when you need it. A leaking roof is most often the result of bad weather but may be just the age of the roof or some other damage that has occurred. It seems you always discover a leak when the hardware store is closed so you can’t buy a tarp. This is the perfect time to reuse that shower curtain liner that you have put away for a rainy day.
Step 1 – Safety First
Don’t try to stand up on roof with a steep pitch due to the danger of slipping, especially if the roof is still wet. Once the tarp is down don’t stand on it. It can be slippery. Don’t go up on your roof while it is stormy. You run the risk of being hit by lightening or slipping on a wet roof.
Step 2- Find the Leak
If you have a roof leak try to discover where the origin of the leak is. Go up into the attic and look at the underside of the roof for wet areas. Climb up on a ladder to have a look but do not go up on the roof itself until you know it is stable. Look for torn or missing shingles. The shingles may be in place but they could be dented or twisted. Examine the roof flashing to see if any part of it is damaged or missing.
Step 3 –Put Down the Shower Curtain
Once you have identified the place where the leak its put down the shower curtain using it as a tarp. Pull one end of the curtain up around a wood board and nail it in place. Sandwich the curtain with another board and nail the boards together. Now stretch out the curtain and nail it into a board at the other end. On the sides of the curtain put a board on top and nail it down to weight it and prevent the wind and water from getting under it.
Step 4 – Temporary Fix
Using a shower curtain as a covering is only temporary until you can get your roof inspected. This covering is not especially durable over the long run and so it is not intended to stay on the roof very long especially during bad weather.
Step - Attic Protection
You can also use the shower curtain liner to cover a place in the attic that is leaking. You can tack it up with a couple of boards and nail through boards and the liner. This will keep any water from getting into your attic. You should check it periodically to see if if has collected any water.