After these scorchingly hot days, we could all use a lengthy rain period to cool down a celsius or two. Well, the good news is, that period is coming sooner than you think as the rain season is nearly here. With it, it will bring the much-needed weather change and cooling down. The bad news is, as the weather shifts, we too must adapt and prepare our homes for the coming change.
Changes must come from the top, so your rooftop is the first item on the list. After all, it is the first line of defence against the rain, mould, and any water damage that may come down on your home. As such, it should be periodically inspected and maintained, so that there are no nasty surprises dangling over your head.
Small changes and investments now can save you enormous amounts of money in the long run, as any potential water damage from coming heavy rainfalls can have devastating effects on your home and budget. So, let us start from the top, shall we?
1.Take a look at your roof
Trust your eyes and instincts on this one. You know your house the best and know where to look. If you see or get a gut feeling that something is wrong or maybe potentially bad, you are probably right. This basic roof inspection can easily point out potential little nagging problems that have to be fixed now because they can easily cascade into many serious issues later. Simple things like a loose shingle, or a broken one, small or faint signs of mould, or just your gut telling you that something isn’t right is a clear sign that should get you started.
2. Survey and control your surroundings
Trees and foliage that are growing around your house can provide much-needed shade, relaxation, and chirping birds but they can also be very hazardous for the roof. During a storm, big branches can be broken by the wind and can cause damage to your roof or other property and if you notice that a particular tree is overgrown and posing a threat, consider trimming or cutting down the excessive branches.
3. Clear your gutters
Your gutter is one of the most important assets in keeping your roof (and home) nice and dry as they take away all the water that is pouring down. As such, they need to be cleared of any obstructions (leaves and foliage from nearby trees) and inspected for any signs of rust that may appear over the years. If you notice any damage or irregularities, a reliable gutter replacement service is what you need and should look for immediately.
4. Don’t forget the flashes
Your roof flashing stops water from getting under shingles and into the attic. They play a vital role in preventing leaks that can later cause mould which can be devastating for the entire home and its integrity. Also, mould is very hard to get rid of once it nestles inside your home so check your flashes for any sign of rust, damage, or if they got loose along the way. You will need reliable roof safety rails if you are planning to fix and clean your flashes.
After all the hassle, you now know where you stand and should have a much better knowledge of your rooftop. While some minor repairs can be done easily and by yourself, if you are handy, another can require professional contractor assistance. It’s important to start with potential repairs now as the time, money, and effort invested at this point means a safe, cozy and enjoyable time later. When the rainy season comes, you will be able to enjoy the sights, sounds, and smell from your waterproof home.