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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!

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!