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Preparing Your Roof for the Rainy Season

6 Ways to Protect Your Roof Against Heavy Rain

Rain in Southern California is not something we often have to worry about.   This ideal climate is one of the many reasons we choose to live here.   However,  a quick check on your weather app shows that there may be some considerable rain in the forecast (see Jan 8 screenshot below).   Could this be a trend for the next few months?

When it comes to your home one of the last things you want to address before the rainy season is your roof.   Here’s some simple proactive things you might want to consider to protect your asset.

Inspect Your Roof

Take a look at the roof from the ground to see if there are any missing shingles and areas that are sagging, warped or otherwise damaged. If anything looks amiss, call in a professional to have it fixed properly before the winter weather arrives.

Check Turbine Vents

Turbine vents are exhaust vents on your roof that spin and suck hot attic air outside. When they spin, they blow rain away from the openings. Check to make sure there are no obstructions keeping the vent from turning, and that the vent is securely attached to the roof; otherwise, you may have a leaky attic when the rains come.

Check the Gutters

The best line of defense once the bad weather hits is having clean gutters. Spend extra time this summer giving your gutters a thorough cleaning, removing all debris and dead leaves. Repair or replace any gutters that are damaged.

Observe Drainage Systems

The next time there is rain, head outside to check out your home’s drainage systems. Are there any places where water is pooling or the ground is soggy? These are areas where you will want to spend some time improving drainage, since these systems can quickly become overwhelmed when we experience heavy rainfall. Pay particular attention to the areas where the ground meets the house.

Stock Up on Sandbags

Consider stocking up on sandbags. They are useful to help divert pooling water around a building, preventing it from coming through it. There are a lot of homes in Palos Verdes that are vulnerable to water and mud. While they don’t keep out all water, they do keep damage to a minimum. Don’t wait until disaster strikes to buy sandbags, stock up on them now and have them at the ready. Sandbags should be stacked at least a foot high, using a minimum of two to three sandbags.

Call A Professional Roofer

If you think your roof might not be able to handle the impact of a heavy storm it would be wise to call a roof as soon as possible. Roofers are already experiencing an influx of inquiries and repair jobs from that last rain we experienced.

Please let me know if you would like me to refer one to you.

Call me anytime: Mike Naylor – 310-686-9361

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