Repairing a flat roof in the rain is challenging, to say the least. Surfaces should be clean and dry before a repair attempt is made. Obviously, the rain makes that difficult. So, what can you do?
I’m going to give you an unconventional answer to that question by drawing a parallel between plumbing and flat roof repair.
I recently had a plumbing emergency at my house. Thankfully, it occurred during normal business hours. While talking with the plumber, I mentioned something about their emergency service. What he said next surprised me.
He said his company actively dissuades customers from using their emergency service. He said the best thing to do is turn off your water supply and wait until the next morning.
Why? Because emergency plumbing services cost a whole lot more than services delivered during normal business hours.
It’s the same for commercial flat roof repairs.
Contain The Problem
If it’s raining hard outside and you have a roof leak, put a bucket or trash can under it and wait it out.
I say that because the best you can hope to do in the rain is attempt a temporary seal of the hole. There are sealants that claim they will adhere underwater, and they might work for a time, but the roofer will still have to come back when the rain stops to install a permanent patch. So, you would have one emergency service (typically charged at double time), and one regular service.
Save money and use a bucket.