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Never? It’s ok, you don’t have to feel ashamed. You’re not alone. Virtually no-one inspects their roof, much less does it regularly. If we asked that same question of our employees, people that are in the business of fixing water damage, I’m guessing we’d get the same answer. Life is busy, who has time to inspect their roof for damages? Well, we know everything you do when it comes to home maintenance has to have a priority in your life in order to get done. That Honey-Do list that’s stuck to your fridge will only get longer if you can’t do the dirty work of making sure your home keeps you safe and comfortable. And in this blog post, we’ll talk about one important action item you should be taking before each spring (at a minimum) to make sure you’re not dealing with a big mess later on down the road.
Why is inspecting your roof each spring important?
Spring is the rainy time of the year in most places in the country. And if you live somewhere that has a cold and snowy winter, the truth of the matter is that your roof just went through a pretty challenging time and is about to go through an equally challenging time in the spring. That’s why any roofer will tell you that inspecting your roof in between winter and spring is the best time of the year to look things over and make sure there aren’t small damages that could result in huge problems.
Did you have ice dams?
We’ve discussed the water damage problems that can arise from ice dams, but the dangers not only lie during the formation of the ice dam itself, but long after. Why? Ice forming on your roof and lingering for weeks or even months can degrade your roof’s shingles. Left untreated, eventually those shingles will lose their ability to waterproof your roof’s deck. At that point, you’ve got a problem and you might not realize it until someone has to enter your attic and discovers moisture and black mold.
High winds can be a huge problem.
Wind storms can cause entire shingles to disappear instantly, exposing the underlayment or previous shingles to the elements. That’s a recipe for disaster, as inevitably that weakness will be exploited by Mother Nature. It’s not a matter of ‘if’, it’s a matter of ‘when’. One missing shingle can be the difference between a functioning roof and a leak that can end up costing tens of thousands of dollars in damages. Think about that and then understand how easy it is to replace a roof shingle. If you’re at all nervous, here’s a quick video that shows you how it’s done!
One big rain storm could spell disaster.
Spring is the time of year when most places get a lot of rain. Often times these storms seem to either dump a massive amount of rain in a short time or they seem to stay on top of an area and produce a consistent amount of rain over a long period of time. Either way, spring rains can spell trouble if you have a weakness in your roof.
Here is an excellent video that details the roof inspection process, what you should be looking for, and how to go about inspecting your roof properly.
Have you discovered a roof leak?
While it may be too late for you to prevent the damage, it’s not too late to make the right choice when it comes to addressing your problem. And yes, here is the plug for our company! As with any water damage emergency, we always recommend you consult with a certified water damage restoration company to assess your loss. It may be a small leak that is contained to one small area of your roof’s deck. But it could also be much worse, and many times you can’t visually spot the problems. That’s where we come in. Our technicians use an extensive array of moisture detection equipment to find the moisture problems so you know exactly what you’re up against. Should you decide to try and save a few dollars and do the mitigation work yourself, you may not discover all of the water damage, meaning eventually that moisture problem becomes a big mold problem. And guess what? Your insurer doesn’t cover mold damage and it’s really expensive!