In this series, we’ve covered how roof rot and roof fungus can affect not only your roof but your health as well. In this article, we will go over some other common roof problems and pests and some ways to remedy them.

What are some common roof problems?

roof problemsLeaks

Every homeowner knows that the number one problem they might encounter with their roof is leaks. There are a number of reasons why your roof might be leaking. Most leaks occur near the chimney, or under damaged shingles, near flashing points, at skylights and near gutters. Watermarks on the ceiling can indicate a leak somewhere on your roof. We also recommend a biannual professional inspection to make sure the roof is being well taken care of.

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Blistering

Another common roof problem that can occur is blistering and cracking. Older roofs especially tend to develop ridges, blisters, and cracks. These problems don’t affect every type of roof. A low pitch to your roof increases the chances of this roof problem. Multiple layers of shingles can also contribute to blistering and cracking.

Gutters

Clogged gutters will often go unattended and are easy to overlook. A vital element of your roofing system, your gutters provide a primary line of defense against water damage. An improperly maintained gutter system allows water to back up into the roof. This can lead to water seeping into the eaves. If not checked, this damage can lead to roof rot. Give your gutters a routine cleaning and checkup to prevent this roof problem. You can also install screens atop your gutters to keep twigs and leaves from backing up your gutters.

What are some common roof pests?

roof pestsBirds

Bird rank as the number one roofing-nuisance a homeowner can experience. The noise they make can be annoying. When they settle in — roosting and nesting on your roof or under the eaves, your real roof problems start. Notoriously difficult to dislodge, birds create problems on the roof and off. Bird nests and droppings constitute health hazards to you and your family. Keep in mind that birds tend to gravitate towards warmer areas, making your roof look like a vacation destination. They especially favor roofs with solar panels. This roof pest requires professional help to remove. We offer installation of bird deterrents to keep birds off the roof.

roof pestsRaccoons

Homeowners underestimate these furry little mammals when it comes to roofs. Your roof offers raccoons a great vantage point. From here these roof pests can easily spot food sources. They can even create hide-holes where they live and store their food. Like birds, once raccoons move in, they are hard tenants to remove. Raccoons typically gain access to your roof by crossing overhanging branches. Don’t try to remove these critters yourself. They are wild animals and also carry diseases. Call a professional to help with these roof pests.

Rats & Mice

You might not think that rats and mice can cause problems in your roof, but you would be mistaken. While they typically reside in trash, sewers and drains, they can also make quite a comfortable place in your attic and roof cavity.  They are similar to birds in the respect that they are attracted to warm places, so your attic and roof cavity are great places for them to hide and breed. These pests are known to carry several diseases that are spread through their feces, urine and bite wounds. Suffice it to say, once you notice little droppings, or even see the little tail of an unwanted friend, its time to call in the professionals, for where you see one, there are ten others in the woodworks.

wasps on roofWasps

The annual summer bane of homeowners, wasps love to settle inside roofs. This roof pest typically builds nests in areas easy for them to access. Unfortunately, these nests tend to be difficult for homeowners to find. Despite their small size, wasps pose danger to you and your family and should be dealt with immediately.

 

 

CONCLUSION

Many of these roof problems and pests can be handled without professional assistance. But, if you find yourself unable to address any of these issues, give us a call. We’ll get your roof problems and pests squared away in no time.

Homes often tell you when there is a problem with sounds. You can here a home’s pipes calling for maintenance or repair, walls and foundation settling, and where air is escaping in or out. But the most common sound heard in a home that needs your attention is the sounds that critters make when they are making your home THEIR home. You can annually inspect your attic, walls, ceiling gaps, crawlspaces, and other places critters love to live. Look for obvious signs of homing such as damage or odor. And always listen for the distinctive noises nesting critters make; moving, scratching, thumps, and scurries of tiny feet.

If you do discover you have an animal infestation, it’s not the end of the world and fairly easy to take care of. This article will outline some of the most common animals that nest in homes and how to go about evicting them!

Squirrels

If you are hearing sounds in your home during the day time, it’s highly likely that there are squirrels utilizing your home, too! These pests are crafty, too. They are able to penetrate your ceiling, walls, soffits, and eaves super easily. They sound like fast, scurrying noises as they run about early in the morning and again, in the early evening before the sun sets. Sometimes squirrels sound like Raccoons in the home. The distinction will be that Raccoons also make noise at night, but are heavier and slower.

Raccoons and Possums

Raccoons and Possums also make chattering, voice-like noises. Most other common home dwelling animals will not make any vocalizations at all. If your Raccoon infestation is especially loud, you might have baby Raccoons on your hands. Raccoons can also facilitate thumping noises during the night.

Bats

Bats typically make high pitched chirping noises, but it’s very unlikely to be heard by a human ear, so the best way to detect whether you have bats or not is by other means. Bats leave droppings at entrances and exits, and will, like other animals make scratching noises. They also have greasy coats that tend to leave stains around your home. You might even spot one in or outside your home!

Rats

If the sounds are light, but fast and at night, you likely have a rat or mice infestation. Sometimes, depending on your home’s layout and accoustics, a mice infestation can make louder noises than you’d suspect, but if they are fast movements, the sound is distinctly from rodents and no other creature.

Eviction

Because of the significant damage that animals are capable of and the threat posed to your health, you’ll want to take care of these home invaders as quickly as possible. Once they’ve made your home theirs, they will not want to leave for a long time, so do not put it off- even if in the dead of winter. Call a professional home inspector or animal control specialist if you still need the animal identified. Usually you’ll never be able to catch the animal with your eyes because they are so great at hiding, but a professional will know right away based solely on its scent, droppings, and possible tracks. Next, you will need to employ a professional to kick the animals out of your home for good. Together, you can do this by trapping them or exclusion techniques such as baiting them to leave through a one-way door and then sealing up any openings so they can’t return again. There are products for animal eviction, but often times they fall short of completely ridding you of your new tenants. It’s most efficient to hire a professional. They will also be aware of any wildlife that is protected in your region so that you are not harming an endangered or at-risk species.