South Jersey Area Fire, Smoke, Water & Mold Restoration
Failing to take the necessary steps to prepare for spring showers can lead to water damage to your home or commercial property. One of the most common sources of water damage for our clients is related to factors on the exterior such as the roof, gutters, and downspouts.
The best time to prepare your roof for spring showers is at the end of March or the beginning of April. The goal should be to safeguard it from water damage, as moisture can often lead to damage if not addressed within 24-48 hours.
The first thing we recommend is to inspect your roof thoroughly. If you're uncomfortable with this, don't hesitate to call us for assistance. During the course of winter, your roof may experience rotting or missing shingles, clogged gutters, loose downspouts, and possibly even damage to the roof decking due to ice damming. These critical issues must be dealt with as quickly as possible.
This also includes cleaning off any moss you see on your roof or walls. Moss can be the perfect breeding ground for mold. It can also cause damage to, and reduce the life of, your roof shingles.
A lot of debris falls in the fall and winter seasons. It is recommended that you get your gutters and downspouts inspected and cleaned thoroughly to ensure there is no debris stuck within. You can also consider getting gutter guards installed to help reduce the amount of debris that makes its way into the lines in the future.
Once cleaned, move on to trimming any branches close to your roof. It is a good idea to maintain a distance of at least 10-20 feet between your house and tree branches.
As a final consideration, check the discharge pipe of your sump pump, i.e., whether it is clear of debris and still connected to the pump. Take a 5 gallon bucket full of water and dump it into the sump pit to test your pump. As you pour, ask a friend or family member to check whether the pump is draining through the discharge pipe or not.
If you would like more information on how to prepare for spring showers and prevent damage, you can call us any time of the day, 7 days a week, to schedule an emergency service.