Preventing Roof and Gutter Damage During Winter

The extreme amounts of snow that fell across the East Coast this past week served as a reminder how fortunate we have been to escape such madness thus far. That’s the good news. The bad news is winter ain’t over just yet, and from now until spring the heavy snowfall and extreme cold temperatures could make its way to us, which presents the possibility of ice dams forming and causing water damage in our home.

Although the best way to protect your home’s roof and gutter system from winter’s harsh effects is through year-round maintenance, the roofing experts at SAS Services, Inc. have provided the following tips to protecting your roof and gutters if heavy snow and ice hit our area this season:

  • Clean debris, snow and ice from gutters and down spouts.
  • Use a roof rake to clear snow from your roof. For safe snow removal that won’t endanger you or damage your roof, use a snow rake with a long extension arm that will allow you to remove the snow while standing on the ground or hire a snow removal contractor.
  • Make sure your attic is sufficiently insulated and ventilated. Maintaining airflow from under the eaves of soffit area through roof vents helps prevent ice dams.
  • Each month, look in your attic and check for discolored wood spots, any areas of frost or snow accumulation visible above the layer of installation.

Keep in mind that regular roofing inspections can alert you to potential problems and may help you prevent leaking during the coldest months.

For over 25 years, the roofing and gutter experts at SAS Services, Inc. have provided homeowners throughout Metro Detroit (including Oakland County, Wayne County and Macomb County) industry-leading workmanship, great value and unparalleled customer satisfaction.

For all of your roofing and gutter needs, contact the experts at SAS Services, Inc. for your free quote at                (800) CALL-SAS or (800) 225-5727 today!


Spring Into Action Around Your Home!

We made it! With this past winter’s frigid temperatures and record-shattering snowfall safely behind us, now is the time to see to it that the major systems of your home are in good working order before problems occur.

When thinking about what needs to be done around your house this Spring, remember there is more than just deep cleaning, lawn maintenance and planting of flowers to be done.

Steve Safie, owner of SAS Services, Inc., reminds us that Spring is the perfect time to identify and fix issues within your home’s waterproofing, roofing, plumbing, concrete and foundation systems. Making sure these very important elements are operating up to par now will save you time, energy and money down the road:

  • To prevent a wet basement, be sure that your home’s gutters and downspouts are clear of all debris and are directed away from your foundation. Cleaning your eavestroughs/gutters and downspouts will help make sure water is directed away from your house, avoiding a wet basement. Hiring a professional gutter cleaning crew is highly recommended as they can spot issues immediately and doing it yourself (especially in a two-story house) can be very dangerous.
  • From the ground, examine roof shingles to see if any were lost or damaged during this extremely harsh winter. If your home has an older roof covering, it may be time for replacement. Shingles that are cracked, buckled or loose or are missing granules need to be replaced. Flashing around plumbing vents, skylights and chimneys need to be checked and repaired by a qualified roofer.
  • Spring is a great time of year to inspect and conduct maintenance to your basement sump pump. Making sure your sump pump is operating correctly is critical to prepare for heavy spring rains and avoiding basement flooding. After unplugging your sump pump, remove any debris from the sump pump basin and water intake. You will also want to test the float switch to make sure it isn’t stuck. Next, you should run a stress test on the motor and check the discharge pipe to make sure it is clear. Flood the sump pump basin with a bucket of water to see how the system reacts. If the motor appears to stress or the discharge pipe backs up, call a technician. If you do not have one already, consider installing a back-up sump pump to act as insurance should the primary sump pump fail.
  • Check faucets and hose bibs to make sure water flows freely. If an outdoor faucet drips or if there is leakage inside your home the first time the hose is turned on, you may have had a frozen pipe that cracked and needs to be replaced.
  • Inspect dishwasher, washing machine and ice maker supply hoses for bulges or leaks. Replace hoses showing signs of weakness or older than ten years. Use stainless steel hoses wherever possible. They are more reliable and less prone to bursting than other types.
  • Check your concrete foundation for cracks. While small cracks are normal, large horizontal cracks or cracks that are wider at the bottom than at the top are signs that your foundation might need to be repaired. Check concrete stairs and walkways for signs of damage or rotting, and check for cracks in driveways and sidewalks. Test the railings that are set in concrete steps to ensure that they are stable.
  • Creating a gradual slope to your yard to direct water away from your home. This will help protect your foundation from pooling rainwater, thus preventing your basement from wetness.

For over 25 years, SAS Services, Inc. has been the #1 choice of residents in Oakland, Wayne and Macomb Counties and all across the metro Detroit area when it comes to keeping homes healthy and dry. To learn more about the vast array of services we offer to homeowners, contact us today for a free quote at 1-800-CALL-SAS (1-800-225-5727) today!

Ice Damming During the Winter

Over the past 24 hours, Metro Detroit  has been walloped by an arctic blast that brought heavy snowfall and bone-chilling temperatures to our area. The substantial snowfall, paired with near-record frigid temperatures, can wreak havoc on a home’s roofing and gutter systems in the form of ice dams.

Ice dams usually occur after a heavy snowfall and several days of freezing temperatures. An ice dam forms when the temperature in your attic is above freezing causing snow on the roof to melt and then refreeze in dropping temperatures.  The pools of water behind those dams can cause leakage into your home and can mean thousands of dollars in structural damage.

The most effective solution to prevent ice dams is to reduce or eliminate any sources of heat in the attic and ventilate the attic space of the roof. Prevent warm, moist downstairs air from infiltrating the attic by appropriately insulating your attic’s floor and using a dehumidifier to control water vapor. Be sure to identify and seal all openings that would allow vapor to rise into the attic and always make sure your home’s gutters are free of debris.

Removing an ice dam yourself is extremely dangerous. If you are in the middle of suffering through an ice dam or fear a leak is imminent, your safest option is to contact the roofing experts at SAS Services, Inc. at (800) CALL-SAS to remove and clear the ice dam before water backs up into your home and can remodel your roof to prevent future ice dams.

For over 25 years, the roofing and gutter experts of SAS Services, Inc. have been keeping homes all across Metro Detroit healthy and dry. Call the roofing and gutter specialists of SAS Services, Inc. at (800) CALL-SAS for your free estimate today!




Is Your Roof Ready for Winter?

The harsh temperatures and heavy snow during winter can take quite a toll on your home. It is extremely important to make sure your roofing system is ready for winter’s blast before the frigid temperatures, snow, sleet and ice arrive. By performing preventative maintenance to your roofing system before the winter weather strikes, you’ll save yourself from costly repairs and improve your home’s energy efficiency and comfort level.

By following these simple tips provided by the roofing experts at SAS Services, Inc. you’ll save yourself the aggravation and expense of a winter roofing emergency:

  • Winterizing your roof begins with a thorough cleaning. Remove all debris from your roof by using a leaf blower or push broom. Start from the top of the roof working your way down.
  • After you have cleared the debris from your roof, inspect your roof for signs of obvious damage such as damaged, loose or missing shingles and flashing. Secure or replace all damaged or missing shingles and flashing to prevent leaks caused by melting ice and snow.
  • Remove leaves, sticks and other debris from gutters to help prevent ice damming and gutter damage due to icicles caused by overflow.
  • If you notice tree branches hanging over your roof, it is best to remove those branches. Clearing low-hanging branches before the high winds, snow and ice arrive will protect your roof  from broken limbs that could damage or penetrate the roof.
  • Check your attic or roof space for areas that are sagging, keeping an eye out for water damage and leaks. Dark spots and drips are typically sure signs that you have a roof leak. Check your joists for woodworm, dampness, fungus and rot.
  • To prevent excess heat from escaping through your attic, check your insulation to be sure that it is sufficient. Heat that penetrates your roof can cause ice and snow to melt during the day and re-freeze at night, worsening the likelihood of ice damming.
  • To ensure that you do not have excessive snow and ice build up during the winter, one of the main steps to take is to improve the ventilation in your attic. Appropriate attic ventilation will help air circulate in and out of your attic, which can help you avoid excessive snow and ice accumulation.

For over 25 years, the roofing and gutter experts at SAS Services, Inc. have been keeping Metro Detroit-area homes healthy and dry.

To schedule a free estimate for pre-winter roofing maintenance or other roofing needs, contact SAS Services, Inc. at (800) CALL-SAS (225-5727) today!

Caring for Your Home’s Gutters

As we turn our thoughts to the fall season and the cold days that are shortly to follow, it is important to clean and inspect your home’s gutter system. Gutters are an essential part of any house. Gutters collect rainwater from your roof and divert it away from the foundation of your home, thereby keeping your basement dry and damaging water away from your home.

The gutter experts at SAS Services, Inc. remind all homeowners that keeping gutters and downspouts in optimal condition requires regular maintenance. Be sure to clean your gutters at least twice a year; a good rule of thumb is once in the fall and again in spring.

Before you get started, be sure to remove any debris that is on the roof prior to cleaning out the gutters. Otherwise, the next rain will wash all the debris down into the clean gutter, clogging it up again. Also, debris left on the roof can lead to water damming up in valleys or around the chimney, which can cause erosion and roof leaks over time.

Gutters and downspouts must be clear of leaves and debris to do their job. Clogged, jammed drain outlets lead to overflowing gutters, and may even pull the gutters loose. While you are removing debris, check for corrosion, holes, dents, sagging and leaking areas and missing, loose or bent hangers or spikes. Mark problem areas with painter’s tape so you can spot them when you are ready to make repairs.

Be sure to check that the gutters are firmly attached to your house. A gutter that is not properly attached might fall off or pull away from the house, often causing your gutter system to become either ineffective or work at a reduced level of efficiency.

Check that the roof gutters are properly sloped, both in the pitch and in the direction of pitch towards the gutter drains or downspouts. Improperly-sloped gutters will not empty properly and in heavy rain are likely to overflow. Roof gutters should slope at least 1-inch in every 200 inches of run.

After all the gutters are cleaned out and you’ve made sure they are firmly attached to your home, run the water hose down the downspout at full pressure. If the water backs up out of the top, a clog is present. Normally, it can be unclogged by tapping on the side of the downspout. But if that doesn’t work, the downspout and back need to be removed, and it should be flushed from the bottom. If a clog is present, and the downspout is connected to an underground drain, it is best to disconnect the bottom of the downspout from the underground drain. Otherwise, the clog may move to the underground drain.

Some homeowners choose to leave gutter maintenance to the pro’s. Gutter professionals will also make sure your gutters are attached firmly to your home so there is no separation. Gutters are typically attached to the home with special hangers and the gutter cleaning service will replace them if necessary. They will also level your gutter system so that they are at the proper angles to maximize efficiency.

For over 25 years, the roofing and gutter experts at SAS Services, Inc. have been installing and repairing gutter systems all across the metro Detroit area. For your free consultation contact the gutter experts of SAS Services, Inc. at 1-800-CALL-SAS today!

Reasons Why Your Roof Is Leaking

Have you noticed your roof leaking? If so, it is extremely important to have the leak investigated by a professional as soon as possible. Left unchecked, a leaky roof can cause severe water damage, mold and ultimately destroy the structure of your home.

Although homeowners are quick to blame extreme or severe weather conditions for their roof’s deterioration, there are many other reasons why a leak may have occurred in your roofing system:

1. Flashing Damage. Damaged flashing is the most common reason that roofs will leak. Roof flashing is simply pieces of sheet metal placed over joints in roof and wall construction to prevent water seeping into the house and causing damage. Flashing may be compromised due to severe weather (such as high winds or heavy precipitation), improper installation or poor product quality.

2. Age of Your Roof. The life expectancy of an asphalt roof is approximately 15 – 20 years. As shingles age they break down. When asphalt shingles begin to curl, crack or tear, or when the mineral granules wear off revealing black asphalt, they leave your roof vunerable to leaks.

3. Poor Workmanship. Another common culprit of roof leakage is poor workmanship. Examples of poor workmanship are improper shingle placement, improperly placed or inadequate nails, improper roof gutter installation and inadequate under-roof ventilation. Always choose a well-qualified, reputable roofing contractor with a verifiable track record of success.

4.  Skylights. Although aesthetically pleasing, skylights are notorious for causing leaks. A cracked or leaky skylight can be caused by numerous factors such as ice build-up, faulty installation or wind damage. If the slope of the skylight fills with water easily, it may very well cause a water leak in the future.

5. Clogged Gutters. Gutters are installed to whisk water away from your roof to a designated area on your property. Sagging, clogged gutters inadequately remove water off of the roof which causes the water to pool, leading to leakage. Be sure to remove debris from gutters and downspouts on a regular basis.

Having your roof inspected and maintained by experienced, reputable roofing professionals on a regular basis will help prevent costly damage before it happens. Contact the roofing experts at SAS Services at 1-800-CALL-SAS for all of your roofing needs.