Preparing For Fall
It’s easy to forget the importance of maintaining rooftops and gutters during the carefree days of summer. The warm vacation days spent relaxing will soon give way to cooler temperatures, and we’ll be reminded that the long rainy season is about to return.
With a new school about to begin, schedules will become hectic…and cleaning your roof and gutters will become a low priority on the to-do list.
Between now and autumn, there are four things you can do to prepare for the coming cold and rain:
1. Have Your Roof Cleaned
Your roof is your home’s first defense. It is exposed to the elements of all four seasons, and in the process collects everything from dirt, seeds, and twigs to pine needles, leaves, and small branches. If all this debris is left on top of the roof during fall and winter seasons, this debris will start to act as a cover, collecting moisture and putting your house at risk for moss, mold, and algae.
It is important to have all the debris that has collected on your roof cleaned off BEFORE the rainy season begins. Special attention should be paid to the valleys and crevices, which are most vulnerable to water damage.
2. Have Moss and Algae Removed
Moss and algae grow profusely in the Pacific Northwest, as they thrive in damp and humid conditions. Proper removal of any existing moss or algae is necessary in order to prevent moisture from seeping through cracks and causing extensive rotting. When left untreated, algae and moss can easily eat through roof material and cause dangerous and unsightly damage.
It is a good idea to have a zinc sulfate treatment applied to the roof once it has been cleaned. This not only kills the tiny parts of the plant that hide under shingles, but it also acts to inhibit regrowth.
3. Have Your Gutters and Downspouts Cleaned
The leaves and debris that have collected on your home’s roof will typically accumulate in the gutters, clogging the path for the roof to safely drain. When leaves and debris collect in your gutter system, it will eventually create a clog in the downspouts.
Rain water will overflow the gutters, damaging your roof, trim, and siding. The added weight of wet leaves and water can also cause your gutters to pull loose from the anchor point or collapse. Having clean gutters and downspouts before the rain starts is the safest way to ensure proper flow and drainage.
4. Have Your Walkways Pressure Washed
All the moss and algae that accumulated over the spring and summer months might not seem like a problem now, but once it starts raining those green and black patched will become a veritable slip and slide! Attempting to walk on wet moss and algae is a dangerous feat, especially for our little ones who might not know to take extra care in those affected areas.
Having your most walk-able surfaces cleaned with a pressure washer will not only keep your property looking cleaner (and newer), but it will take away the dangerous moss and algae that create a safety hazard every time the weather turns wet.
D20 Home Services is happy to help you prepare for the fall and winter months. Contact us today and let us take care of the hard work while you concentrate on getting the kids ready for school and picking out Halloween costumes!