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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!

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!