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|Posted on April 21, 2013 at 11:51 PM||comments (319)|
Its that time of year for rodents to be on the move. With spring coming, nesting areas will be sought out, and your attic is a prime target for rodents to move in to and raise their young.
In our many years of experience, we have seen even the smallest entry areas become a gateway for rodents such as bats, roof rats, raccoons, squirrels, and opossums. Even bees, wasps, hornets, birds, snakes, and spiders will be looking for a dry, warm shelter from the spring rains.
The most effective way to take preventative measures against rodent infestation is to have your annual roof inspection completed. Measures which should be taken include checking all roof protrusions, such as vent pipes, chimneys, and furnace flues, for adequate seals.
A roof inspection should also include a thorough check under all soffits and eaves to ensure the areas remain in tact and show no signs of open voids. The bottom of roof ridges, siding, and also trim boards should be looked over as well for structural integrity. The large roof fields should be inspected for any damage that may have been caused by tree limbs or storms.
For more in depth information on rodent proofing, rodent types, and rodent disease / parasites, simply visit our rodent proofing page using this link: http://www.leakyroofs.com/Rodent-Proofing.html. If you have a rodent concern, will will be here to assist you with the correct extraction service and work along side them to correct and close off the entry points to your home interior.
|Posted on April 13, 2013 at 1:44 AM||comments (304)|
Spring Maintenance Checklist:
1. Look at the ceiling inside. Any stains or spots could be evidence of water damage, indicating loose flashing (metal strips that seal connections) or shingle cracks or leaks. They can also be a sign of ice dams, which could mean a problem with insulation or poor home ventilation.
2. Shingle/tile check. Look for any missing shingles, and examine shingle condition for any that are peeling, cracking, or losing their grain. Asphalt shingles that are losing their grain are in danger of starting to crack and peel with exposure to sunlight. A few damaged shingles can be easily replaced, but many shingles in poor condition means a complete re-roofing is needed. Curling shingles could also be a sign of inadequate roof ventilation.
3, Clean the shingles. If moss or algae is growing on or between the shingles, this needs to be removed. This can be done by spraying moss remover solution on the roof, then using a broom to remove the growth. Serious mold or rot needs to be addressed immediately by a professional, as the roof may need replacing.
4. Shingle granule buildup. Excessive granules in gutters, downspouts and around the roof area are a sign that the shingles are worn and need replacing to prevent leakage.
5. Chimney and skylight. Check flashing connections between skylight, chimney and roof. Snow and wind can cause flashing to loosen and leak. Repair or replace any damaged flashing strips and seal cracks. Check the masonry joints of the chimney for damage or presence of efflorescence, a calcium deposit that could indicate water leaks.
6. Roof bolts. If you have a metal roof, check for any loose metal bolts and tighten them.
7. Gutters and downspouts. Examine the home siding for any evidence of water damage. Climb the ladder and use a trowel to scoop out debris, dirt and leaves out of the gutters. Tighten any spots where the gutter had come loose and flush any residue with the garden hose. Flush downspouts.
8. Soffit and Fascia. The vents in soffit and fascia are a favorite nesting place for small animals, who are drawn by the warm air. Come spring, these critters begin to reproduce, and if they find a way inside, you could be looking at serious damage inside your attic and home.
9. Yard assessment. Remove any dead tree limbs near the roof and trim overhanging branches.
|Posted on April 12, 2013 at 12:13 AM||comments (182)|
Preventive Maintenance: Check for Birds
Bird droppings stain and corrode roofs and other building materials. Pest birds cause tens of millions of dollars of damage every year to buildings, roofs, ventilation systems, and much more. Bird droppings and nesting materials which are allowed to accumulate pose a host of physical problems which can become very serious if they are not corrected immediately. Bird droppings are very acidic in nature. They actually eat away at many substrates, especially tar-based roofing materials. Droppings which are allowed to accumulate on roofs will eat into the material and eventually cause leaks. The life expectancy of a roof can be cut in half by just a light, but continuous, application of bird droppings. Birds will get under eaves and soffits to get out of the weather and will nest in these areas as well. Have your roof inspected today!