DIY – Plumbing Roof Repair is Not Always in a Homeowners Skill Set
There’s always a first time for everything. You may have just purchased your first home, and you’re feeling proud of it. Being a homeowner for the first time is very overwhelming and exciting. The happiness of having a home, and the realization that all responsibilities related to home maintenance now are on you, can be very daunting at the same time.
Plumbing problems do arise in all homes, old and new alike; eventually. Quite a few plumbing problems require expert help, but some, you can just solve on your own. Because of all of the snow we’ve gotten across the country this winter, we see roof leaks and blockages around vent stacks as they penetrate the roof. If you’re are going to attempt a plumbing roof repair or maintenance it is important to note that roofs can be very dangerous, so if you’re feel the need to try it yourself here are some things you must do to keep yourself safe from injury or death:
1. Don’t Do it Alone – The buddy system is always the safest way to work. Roofs can be slippery and dangerous, and you can certainly
fall if you don’t take appropriate measures. Always take someone along, to help you with the roof repair, such as handing over tools or rodding equipment.
2. Don’t walk on Steep Incline Roofs Without Hand Holds – Since residential roofs don’t normally sport railings, and are certainly not leveled, you are likely to fall without handholds. Cut 1ft pieces of 2″ x 4″ and nail them into the roof where you are performing the repair, this will give your hands something to grab and your feet steps.
3. Wear Appropriate Footwear to lower the probability of your slipping. Boots with hard soles are good as they give a good grip on uneven surfaces.
4. Keep Work Area Clean – if you are working on your roof due and there is dirt and debris, clean it before you begin working and again when complete to eliminate any tripping hazards.
5. Wear a Harness! – a safety harness is essential when you climb up your roof to repair it. This is to ensure that if you do trip and fall or slide you are safe from a catastrophic fall. Make certain you tie off at sturdy points along the roof. You have no idea how many times we’ve seen someone tie off on a 10ft ladder but the repair is more than 10ft away from the ladder. If you begin to fall or slide and go off the roof you’ll hit the ground before the harness will stop your fall.
6. Don’t Get Distracted – a roof is a risky place to work on. Don’t let anything distract you from your task. A second or two of distraction can lead you to lose your balance and trip.
7. Use a Ladder Properly – when you use a ladder, make sure it is placed properly on leveled ground. Uneven ground can cause a
ladder to wobble and tip over. Also tie ladder off to something sturdy so the ladder cannot tip over. Using a ladder that is the proper size is also important. Using a ladder that just reaches the top of the roof is not safe in fact it is recommended that approximately 3ft of straight ladder should extend above the topmost spot to be reached.
If you think the roof repair needs professional help, call for a reliable plumber. Find a good plumber who knows his or her job well and has a license to practice. Many roof plumbing services in Melbourne Vic provide roof repair and roof leak services.