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Springing Forward

clock1Daylight Savings time is a good time to remind yourself to do three things:

  1. Change the time on your clocks.  (If you’re like me, you always have to think “ok is it springing forward and falling back or falling forward and springing back”?  “I guess springing back doesn’t make sense, so it must be springing forward”.)
  2. Change the batteries in your smoke detectors, and
  3. Schedule a roof inspection.

In Florida, we get pounded by torrential downpours of rain in the summer, the rainy season.  But many of you don’t realize that the lighter, less frequent rains in the winter and spring can do a lot of damage to your home.

If you think about it, even a tiny pinhole in your roof will allow water to intrude.  But for water to be noticeable inside your living area, it must soak through your plywood deck, saturate the insulation in your attic and finally soak through your ceiling or wall.  A leak may be damaging your home, well out of your sight.

A professional roofer will be sure to inspect your attic to look for signs of leaks or damage.  Many times, where there is water, there is mold, mildew, or insect infestation.  Mold needs water to grow and termites and carpenter ants are attracted to moist, rotting wood, caused by roof leaks.

Roof repairs can be expensive if neglected and can ultimately shorten the life of your roof.  The key to minimizing maintenance costs and extending the life of your roof is regular inspections to catch problems early.

Even though we all lost an hour of sleep during daylight savings time, we can’t be caught asleep when it comes to protecting our families and our homes.  Don’t forget your smoke detectors or your roof!