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.

Don’t wish you had shared emergency preparedness with your family after an unexpected fire or natural disaster. No matter how old your children or the state of your family’s relationships, it’s never too late to begin bonding over family meetings. To begin having family meetings, you can begin with fire evacuation and meet about other things pertaining to your family later on. Here are the main keys to hosting a family meeting regarding possible emergencies you may one day face together.

Identify Possible Emergencies

Before you can plan for possible future emergencies, you must know which kinds of emergencies are more likely to happen in your region of community. Most often, people prepare for a house fire or natural disaster involving unruly weather patterns. Write a list of possible emergencies to discuss with your family.

Draw a Map of your Home and Community

With a black pen or marker, draw a map of every level of your home. Include all the rooms, doors, and windows using lines and hash marks. If you want to include younger kids in the process, walk the home with your basic drawing and together, you can count the windows and doors and draw them in your diagram. The reason for the map of your community is to include any “safe neighbors” you’ve designated that your children can go and use their phone or meet/wait for you. You will also need to agree on a place that the whole family can re-unite after evacuating the home.

Decide where all the places in the home are that a fire may occur. Fires most likely begin in the kitchen, but include any possible scenario in your plan. Imagine how you would escape from each room in the house considering the likely places a fire would begin and spread. Using a red pen or marker, draw the escape trail and best exit (using an “X”) for each room. Also, clearly mark your community map where you’ll meet to re-unite and any other designated “safe place”.

If your region is at risk of tornadoes or other natural disasters, use another color to share best places to hide or where pertinent supplies will be kept.

Call Regular Family Meetings

You’ll have to call an initial family meeting to discuss possible emergencies and your evacuation plan, but calling regular family meetings to discuss any topics in need of attention or revisiting emergency plans, is a great idea.