As your local water damage restoration experts, we are always available to assist you in recovering from water damage events in your home. But because prevention is worth a pound of cure, we also want to help you avoid such disasters in the first place! And one of the best ways to do that is by simply inspecting and maintaining your roof on a regular basis.

Your roof protects your home from rainfall, and a roof in good condition should last for years to come. But water damage can occur when this important maintenance item is overlooked. Take the following steps to keep your roof in great shape.

Check for debris. When tree limbs, leaves, and other debris fall onto your roof, they can do damage. Check for debris, especially after storms, and remove it promptly. Examine the spots where it fell to be sure the roof is still in good shape.

Inspect your gutters. With regard to debris, gutters are of particular importance. When leaves and sticks collect in your gutters, they block the proper flow of water. And because water must go somewhere, it is often redirected into the wrong direction. Clogged gutters are often the culprit in roof leaks and water damage events. Keep them clean, and you can avoid a major hassle later.

Take a look at your roof flashing. Flashing seals up the areas between joints on your roof. But damaged flashing won’t do the job, and over time water will get through. If your flashing looks damaged, don’t wait. Repair it right away.

Replace broken or worn shingles. If you have a shingle roof, replace shingles when they look worn, buckled, or broken.

Look through your attic, too. If rodents or birds have moved in, they will chew holes in structures and destroy insulation. Aside from the mess they make, uninvited guests can do enough harm that they cause leaks and water damage over time.

Naturally, the best solution for water damage is to prevent them from ever happening in the first place! But if a leak does happen, remember to call us right away for water damage and restoration services. We can assess the situation, get your home dried out, and check for mold while we’re at it.