The first of September has come and went. Football games have started, the temperature has dropped, and soon the leaves will start to change color. Winter can be an exciting time for homeowners looking to redecorate or wanting a change of scenery, but it can also be a headache for homeowners that have roof issues or avoid necessary maintenance. What should you do to prevent a small leak you may have let go turning into a major issue this winter? Here are several important things every homeowner can do to protect themselves and their home from potential problems this winter.
• Clean the gutters
Cleaning the gutters is one of the most important things anyone can do to prevent a leak from forming around their home. When gutters become full the water that would normally run into the gutters and off the roof now becomes forced back under the shingles. This can lead to rot around the perimeter of your home or worse a leak near the exterior of your wall if you don’t have much space between the gutters and the wall. The gutters will need to be cleaned out at least twice during the winter, once at the beginning to remove any old shingle granules that may have came off during the hot summer months, and once toward the end to remove any leaves falling from the trees. A simple trick is to use a leaf blower to force debris out of the gutter and onto the ground. The gutters can then be sprayed with a water hose to clear anything caught in your downspouts.
• Remove any debris from the roof
Just like leaves collect in your gutters, they also collect on top of your roof in your valleys and behind your chimney. When debris sits on your roof it can create a dam that will trap water and eventually cause a leak into the home. If you can’t reach the debris from a ladder, try using a broom with a long handle to pull any debris toward you and off the roof.
• Make sure your vents are open
Roof vents should remain open and functional during the coming fall and winter months. This will prevent moisture from building up in your attic and help regulate the attic temperature. Attic temperature should always be as close to the exterior temperature as possible to prevent ice & snow build up on your roof. Make sure to check your soffit vents at the bottom of your attic to make sure they haven’t become blocked by shifting insulation and that all roof vents are functioning as normal.
• Check penetration seals
All the pipes going through your roof have a seal around them. Overtime this seal starts to wear out. Make sure your pipes have a working seal that is intact. If the seal has cracked or is not fitting tight anymore it may be time to fix it before it starts to leak. This can be achieved by caulking around the pipe itself or by replacing the boot that connects the pipe to the roof. If you can’t seal the pipes yourself, it may be time to call a professional. Most roofing companies will come out and replace the seals around your pipes for a small fee which will prevent many headaches down the road.
A-Best roofing has been serving the Tulsa area for over 30 years and provides a full roof tune up for their customers year around to prevent issues like these from happening. To contact us call (918)587-1426 or visit www.abestroofing.com