Posts Tagged ‘Detroit roofing experts’

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!

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!