Water damage is one of the things that every homeowner should be aware of and keep an eye on. The damage can range from unsightly stains to major structural damage. Try the following three tips to better your home from water damage.
Keep Your Gutters and Downspouts Clean
Gutters may be a small part of your roofing, but they protect your home from the dangers of a damaged foundation. Clogged and overflowing gutters would allow rainwater to pool around the foundation of your home. Since the pillars are made of concrete, they are likely to absorb the water, become less stable and fail to support your home’s weight. The surrounding clay layer would likewise thin out with too much water, in which case the entire house could either settle or collapse.
Gutters route rainwater away from these areas, so keeping gutters clean through regular maintenance is a must. For best results, we recommend having professionals do the job. Consider investing in a gutter protection system as well, such as LeafAway® or Leaf Relief, both offered by Roof Masters.
Don’t Neglect Roof Maintenance and Repair
A well-maintained roof protects your home from several forms of water damage, one of which is water intrusion from roof leaks. In addition to the aforementioned water stains, roof leaks can also cause paint to blister and peel as well as encourage mold and mildew growth. Moisture could likewise seep under the siding and cause further damage. Proper attic ventilation is likewise important as the condensation can get absorbed by the roofing structure, making the wood soft and unable to support the roof’s weight. Water can also cause attic insulation to clump, rendering it ineffective against heat loss and heat gain. Scheduled roof maintenance and timely repairs, performed by professionals like ourselves, can prevent these problems.
Trim Surrounding Trees
Ideally, there should be a 10-foot clearance between the roof surface and the nearest tree branches. This helps minimize the chances of tree branches poking, scratching or even tearing the shingles off. Plus, it also prevents squirrels and other small animals from gaining easy access to your roof.
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