Roof damage can occur for many reasons, though most often people cite basic wear and tear or such elements as the culprit. If there is a leak, dent or hole it may be best to leave the repair to a professional to ensure the work is done correctly, but while waiting you may want to create a temporary fix. One of the quickest solutions is to put some sort of covering over the damage. If an object has lodged itself in your roof, you may want to simply leave it there until a professional can remove and fix the hole so as to prevent any further leaking or animal invasion. Two common materials used are plastic sheeting and “roofing paper” which usually consists of a tar base or felt - secure these materials using nails or screws. Remember that if there has been structural damage on your home, you may be at risk if you attempt to walk on your roof, and you could also further perpetuate the problem especially if there are cracks or loose shingles. If you MUST check your roof, first assess the damage from afar to determine precisely where the damage exists. Water can often enter a home in a position far different from where the in-house damage actually occurs. If you can easily pinpoint where the leak has occurred, then it is time to seal it off. Make sure to use a ladder that can safely attach itself to a wall component and secure its’ legs in the ground. You may also want to consider purchasing a waist harness that is locked into a permanent fixture if the ladder were to fall. Something you also may want to consider is having a spotter to be there in case of an emergency.