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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!

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.