Rainy seasons are unstoppable and the only thing you can do is just prepare for them. Your roof can attain significant damage because of the rainy season especially if it has strong winds. It’s even hard to repair your roof during this season, so if there are any minor damages caused by it, you have to wait for the rain to stop which can worsen these minor damages.
So what do you need to prepare before the rainy season?
1. Inspect your roof
Before inspecting your roof, make sure you are wearing safety garments as you are working on heights. Upon inspection, follow safety regulations to lessen the chances of accidents.
Look for any signs of damages like (and are not limited to):
Broken or missing shingles or tiles
Pooling or ponding of water
Rusty, loosen or missing bolts and fasteners
Cracks and Rust on Flashing
Leak marks on the ceiling
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2. Clean your roof
Remove any debris that can puncture through your roof and create holes that can turn into leak points. Wash off any moss growth which if left untreated will grow to your entire roof area and eventually damage your roofing material.
3. Clean your gutters and downspouts
Frequent and heavy rain means excessive water. Water, itself, will always find its way to flow through. If your gutters are filled with debris, leaves, twigs, or even moss growth, your gutter will accumulate this excess water which can backflow to your roof and cause leaks or it can collapse your gutter because of the excessive weight. Check your downspout if it is not clogged, know the standard drainage time and check if it passes if not, have it unclogged by applying pressurized water or contacting your local contractors.
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4. Seal vents, chimneys, and/or skylights
The termination between your skylights and vents is the most common part of the roof for leak points. When not secured properly or if the materials used to seal the gap are not effective or have undergone damage by cracking, leaks can happen especially if the rain is falling at an angle due to the strong winds. Sealant or caulk to be used for roofing application should not only be of high quality but must be suitable to your area’s weather conditions to lessen the possibility of changing it time over time.
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5. Repair or replace damages
If you have found damage on your roof during your inspection, have it repaired immediately. Contact and hire your trusted roofing contractor to have an in-depth assessment of the damages on your roof. Ask for the timeline of repair works which should be done at least days before the rainy season comes. Make sure that if not replaced, the repairs should be delivered well to avoid the recurrence of these problems. But if damages are manageable, you can fix it yourself and go to your local hardware store and buy a material within the good standard.
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6. Clear your surrounding or trim off branches
These tree branches, during heavy rain and strong winds, will either puncture your roofing material or fall off your roof breaking your roof. Check the distance of the nearby tree and trim off overhanging branches.