Spring maintenance checklist
May 01, 2018
As the ice and snow melt away this spring, you may find some areas of your home that need maintenance.
It is recommended to hire a professional to make most repairs on your roof, chimney and gutters; however a visual inspection and some cleaning may be done by the building owner if they choose to.
Here are some safety tips listed by the NRCA (National Roofing Contractors Association):
- Make sure the ladder is on solid, level ground.
- Secure the ladder at the top to prevent it from slipping.
- Inspect the ladder, rungs and rails for damage.
- Extend the ladder at least 3 feet beyond the gutter, and angle it 1 foot back from the house for every 4 feet in eave height.
- Always use both hands when climbing the ladder.
Read here for other safety tips to consider when doing home maintenance.
Clean before inspecting
Gutters and downspouts are designed to keep water flowing off your roof and away from the foundation of your building. If they become clogged with leaves or other debris, water will be diverted and may find a way inside.
First, manually remove any leaves, twigs, etc. from the gutters. Then use a hose to clean out any other residue and flush out the downspouts. This is also a good time to check for loose granules that may have come off your asphalt shingles. If excessive granules have collected in your gutters, give us a call for a professional cleaning and repair if needed. This may be a sign your shingles are starting to fail.
Trim trees and bushes away from your home to minimize mold and algae growth. Also, overhanging branches can rub or fall onto your roof causing damage.
Cleaning your gutters, downspouts and trimming trees away from your building should be a part of your regular home maintenance routine. This should be performed at least twice a year in the spring and fall.
Inspect for wear and damage
Your roof takes the brunt of harsh weather; it stands to reason that it will need attention from time to time. Minor wear and tear can turn into larger problems which results in more expensive repairs that could have been avoided if caught at the right time.
- Lifting Shingles: This can be a simple repair but needs to be addressed immediately.
- Bent or crooked gutters: If your gutters are having trouble staying attached to your home, they may just need to be reinforced. But, an inspection could determine if the fascia is showing rot or a snow retention system may need to be installed.
- Loose snow guards: Most metal roofs have a snow retention system in place to keep large volumes of snow from sliding off the roof and causing hazardous conditions. If installed correctly, they will continue to do their job properly. When failures occur, they should be repaired prior to the next snowfall.
- Cracked pipe flashings and caulking: Extreme temperature fluctuations can cause pipe flashings and the caulking around rooftop vents to crack. This will leave your building exposed to leaks.
- Standing water on flat or low sloped areas: This can lead to early deterioration of the roof cover and may cause leaks. Standing water also adds a lot of weight to the roof deck.
- Ceiling or wall stains on the interior: Once moisture has made it to your interior, there are probably already a lot of other damages that are unseen. An inspection by a roofing professional is recommended to assess damage and correct any issues.
- Cracked or missing mortar on chimney: This is a safety issue more than an aesthetic one.
Many repairs are quick and inexpensive if caught early. When you contact Ledegar, a thorough inspection is conducted to be sure all problem areas are addressed. It is recommended that, like your furnace and air conditioning unit, an annual roof inspection should be conducted to be sure you don’t have any unexpected costly damages.
Give us a call today or request a free estimate online.
Don’t put off repairs any longer that could be saving you money and headaches.