Your roof is the helmet for your house. Cracks, weak spots, and loose shingles are all welcome signs for water damage. An assemblage of overhead trees surrounding your home could spell disaster during a windstorm. A new roof is an expensive investment; so protect the one you already have by ensuring it stays in good shape.
- Go Take a Look!
Whether a recent storm has happened or not, it’s a good idea to go visibly survey the current state of your roof so that you’re aware of any potential problems looming on the horizon. Use binoculars to check for curling, loose, and missing shingles. Damaged flashing often occurs around vents, chimneys, skylights, and other openings. When caught early, some issues can be an easy fix before water starts to build and begins causing a much more expensive problem.
- Trim Those Branches
If you have trees surrounding your home that have sprawling branches hanging over your roof, you better be trimming those down each season. Overhanging branches can cause abrasions if they physically brush up against your roof, damaging the shingles. Branches overhead also means more leaves clogging up your gutters, which brings us to…
- Clean Your Gutters
Clogged gutters can cause water to filter down to your foundation (which is an atrociously expensive fix), flood your basement, ruin the paint job on your house, and even cause roof rot. In addition to this, accumulated leaves hold onto moisture and start to decompose, potentially introducing mold spores into your home.
Taking the time to maintain the roof of your home or business can really make the difference when it comes to reducing the risk of an expensive replacement. When it comes to any potential water damage this coming winter, ServiceMaster Advantage has your back in the greater Houston, Texas area. We have 24/7 rapid response teams ready to take your call in case of an emergency. We’re water damage specialists and can restore your property to pre-loss conditions while also restoring your peace of mind.
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