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Asset maintenance on roofs and gutters important in spring cleaning

Asset maintenance on roofs and gutters important in spring cleaning
Asset maintenance on roofs and gutters important in spring cleaning

The end of a terrible winter is almost here, and with it will come spring. But the brighter weather and higher temperatures will come with new worries for many businesses. As the spring nears, it's important to make sure the right steps are taken in asset maintenance. If those precautions aren't met, there could be long-term issues in many locations.

When it comes to roofs and buildings, the wrong approach can be costly, Timber Home Living reported. Roof checkups should be done every spring, not only to monitor what three months of snow, ice, wind and rain have done to them, but also to ensure there are no additional issues that could cause headaches over time. The first steps should be to send employees up on the roof, though that alone requires the proper safety precautions – most importantly, ladders placed on level ground and secured whenever possible.

Once on the roof, it's a good idea to clean out gutters and downspouts to get rid of any excess leaves, dirt or other materials that made their way into the drains. If the extra material is left in there, that can cause big problems such as flooding, overflows and even structural damage. From there, removing leaves, sticks and seeds by scooping them out with a trowel or by hand is a good step. Removing the debris with a hose is less likely to work, as that is liable to cause clogging problems.

In some cases, it might be a good idea to check gutters additionally after flushing. Flushing should be done after the initial cleaning process is completed. This is the only period where a hose should be used – it should be on high and threaded down through a drain's opening. The end result should be a large collection of debris falling from the gutter's bottom.

What to look for
When up on roofs, there are a number of problems that can lead to struggles over time. If shingles are buckling or moving, they've likely outlasted the end of their life expectancy, and as a result may require some changes. Loose material or wear around chimneys and pipes can also be a major concern, as will be excessive shingle granules having fallen off the shingles proper. These granules give the shingles weight necessary to keep them in place and protect them from damage from UV rays.

It's also important to inspect the general area around any pipes and chimneys, as well as areas inside the buildings in question as well. Water damage can creep up on a location and eventually cause mold, structural damage or any number of additional problems.  

Another good idea to check is whether the gutters and downspouts are still bonded to the building itself, DIY Network added. Winter storms and bitter cold can damage support measures and loosen drains from the roofs and walls they're attached to. Any loosened gutters should be checked and fixed as soon as possible. Adding screens to cover spouts or caps that can sift through outside materials that fall through cracks is also a good idea.

In some cases, issues with gutters can create major problems in buildings, creating water pools around and even in homes' foundations. If this happens, the water can easily seep into a house or damage the foundation. To better create drainage away from these locations, removing debris is necessary to make sure no additional pooling happens. Once the water is isolated, a sump pump should be used to pull it away from the foundation, then new soil can be relaid.

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