Even though our Orange County winter won’t be as bad as what our friends in the midwest will likely experience, we should nevertheless be bracing for an El Niño. Last year we had an La Niña winter, meaning it was dry and fairly warm. El Niño is the exact opposite.
There are varying degrees of El Niño weather, so we are not completely sure what to expect this year. Nevertheless, we recommend some preparation to head off any potential disasters. Although flooding and water damage is our business, we’d like to help Orange County families and homes stay dry and safe.
As fully licensed, bonded, and insured contractors, we are more than happy to come out and inspect your roof. Alternatively, you can check your roof yourself. Just please be careful—we don’t want any accidents on ladders! (Commercial customers, we highly recommend that you use a professional.)
The first step before going outside is to go into your attic on a sunny day and look up. If you see sunlight coming through the roof, you have a hole. If you can, push something through the hole, which will enable you to see the protrusion from the top of the roof and thoroughly inspect the area.
Instead of scrambling around on your roof, which could cause further damage and carries the risk of slips and falls, it is usually possible to position the ladder to get a good look at the roof without having to get on the it. You can also use binoculars to look at areas more closely, and don’t forget to take advantage of any dormers or upstairs windows that may give you a vantage point to view the condition of your roof.
Look for composition shingles that are broken, missing, cracked or torn, plus any roof tiles or wood shingles that can be repaired or replaced. If you see any dips or indentations in your roof, these are clues that you have rotten wood under your tiles. Also check your soffit (that part underneath the overhang of your roof) for rotten wood. If the flashing around vents, sunroofs, and chimneys is curled, bent, loose or cracked, sometimes it can be reattached to the roof without replacing the metal pieces.
Routine maintenance of any roof will prevent major problems, but this is especially true of a flat roof. During your inspection look for exposed tar paper, ruptures, blisters, or bubbles in the roofing. Spongy spots are due to water accumulating under the roofing material and likely means the wood underneath is beginning to rot.
While you’ve got the ladder out, check your gutters and clean out any debris, leaves, twigs, and other plant material to keep rainwater flowing freely. If the gutters back up it can cause water to spill off of your rooftop and cause problems for your foundation.
A simple check of your roof once or twice a year can help prevent costly repairs later on. In addition, there’s nothing worse than finding a roof leak in the middle of a winter storm, which can cause widespread damage throughout your home and even lead to mold. Remember: mold damage is usually three times more expensive to remedy than just water damage!
For a roof “health check”, or an estimate for roof repair, water damage restoration, mold restoration or residential remodeling, call us now. Don’t wait until we’re busy with all of your Orange County neighbors who didn’t check their roofs before the rain started!