As the warmer spring weather mixes with the consistent rain that Bakersfield receives this time of year, it can create the perfect storm. These storms can bring down lots of precipitation in a small amount of time. Properly preparing your roof can help to ensure all that rain makes its way down your gutters and away from your home.
Do a Visual Roof Inspection
One of the best steps to take in preparing your roof for storm season is to give it a visual inspection. You should examine your shingles or other roofing material for any physical damage, wear, or missing pieces. Additionally, you’ll want to inspect the flashings around your chimneys and vent pipes to ensure that they’re still in good condition. If you’re not overly confident in what you’re looking for, it’s best to get a professional roof inspection.
Inspect Your Gutters
Another must-do to properly prep your roof for storm season is to inspect your gutters. You should remove any leaves and other debris inside of them and then run water through each of your downspouts to ensure they’re not blocked. Additionally, you’ll want to make sure that all of your downspouts properly direct the water away from your home. If you’re not overly comfortable with inspecting your own gutters, you can rely on our experts at Ed & J United Roofing in Bakersfield, CA, to do the job for you.
Cut Low-Hanging Branches
When you’re walking around on your roof, be sure to pay attention to the surrounding vegetation. If you notice any low-hanging branches near your roof, it’s best to remove them prior to storm season. Even though a branch may be alive and strong, it’s still susceptible to storm damage. You don’t want to end up with a large bill for replacing a section of your roof that was significantly damaged by a low-hanging branch you could have cut.
Get Problems Fixed Now
You never want to let roofing problems persist. All it takes is one small area of your roof to be penetrated by rain, and it can cause significant damage to your roof’s sheathing. If you noticed any missing shingles, corroded flashing, or other imperfections while doing your roof inspection, you should contact Ed & J United Roofing to get the problem fixed before storm season hits.
Check Your Insurance Policy
The last step in prepping your roof for storm season is looking over your insurance policy. No matter how much preparation you do, damage can sometimes happen to your roof. It’s best to know that your policy is up to date and that it will cover the costs of replacing your roof in the event of a total loss. You should keep this policy in an easy-to-find spot so you can access it quickly if the need arises.
If you require professional roof inspection or repair service, be sure to contact Ed & J United Roofing today!