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Four Ways to Help Make Your Roof Leak-Proof

Considering the record-breaking heat last summer, we understand why you might welcome the storms El Niño is sending our way. But before you start planning to spend your weekends curled up on the couch with a cup of tea, watching the rain pitter-patter on your windows, take some time to prepare your home—and in particular, your roof—for the deluge.

Of course, roof maintenance is important all the time, but this year, it’s especially critical. Experts say that homes could be more susceptible to leaks this spring because the summer’s high, dry heat caused the wood in houses to contract and open up small gaps, big enough to allow water to leak through.

And that’s why homeowners should make sure their roofs are sealed up tight before the rains come. Following are some steps to take to help you avoid leaks this spring:

Perform a thorough inspection. You should give your roof a good once-over at least annually, and twice a year if possible. It’s not as difficult as you might think: Just put a ladder up to the side of your house and check for missing or worn shingles. Take a particularly close look at spots where there’s flashing or where two different materials meet, such as the areas around chimneys, vents, and skylights. If they’re not sealed right, they’re prime spots for leaks. Homeowners with tile roofs might think they can skip this step, but they shouldn’t. Tiles can slip, chip, and crack, exposing the felt paper underneath to sun, which in turn causes wear and tear to the paper, leading to possible leaks.

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8 Ways To Prepare For Fall

Deferred Maintenance (from the “Dictionary of Real Estate Terms”): a physical depreciation owing to lack of normal upkeep.  Example: The appraiser found the following examples of deferred maintenance on the  subject property: broken window glass, missing roof shingles, peeling paint and broken guttering.

Just like your car your home needs seasonal tune-ups.  Here are a few maintenance musts. 

1.  Replace missing or damaged weather-stripping around doors and windows.  Along with caulking and other air-sealing measures, such as adequate insulation, this can cut your home heating bill by up to 15%.

2. Get a HVAC check-up before you turn on the heat.  For about $100 a certified technician will replace filters, make sure all the parts are working and give the system’s vents and combustion chamber a good cleaning.

3. Have the gutters and downspouts cleaned and inspected to make sure water doesn’t pool near the foundation from misdirected runoff.  Foundation repairs can run into the thousands so prevention goes a long way.

4. Get your fireplace inspected by an expert who’s certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America. 

5. Bleed the radiators and boiler if needed.  Call in a professional to evaluate whether the entire system needs flushing, boiler included.

6. Flush out the lawn’s sprinkler system.  That prevents leftover water from freezing in the middle of winter and bursting a pipe.

7. Seal concrete walkways and cracks.  A contractor should fill any small fissures (under 1/2 inch) with an acrylic-based compound; larger ones need a vinyl-based patch so that water doesn’t seep in and freeze during the winter. 

8. Drain the gas and oil from a gas-powered lawnmower (or get yourself an early christmas present and get an electric powered mower – keep your eyes out for the for the swaps, you get a free electric mower if you bring in your gas mower) before putting it away.

Can deferred maintenance affect the value of your home?  Yes. 

Contact the appraisers at www.socalappraisalserv.com for your value questions.

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Get your House Ready For Winter – Outdoor Checklist

Summer is almost over and it is time to get your home ready for winter. 

Check your roofs shingles.  You can use binoculars and check for curling, lose or missing shingles.  Also see if any shingles look smoother (a sign they are shedding grains and need to be replaced).  Ridge shingles often fail first.  A roofing contractor will check these for wind damage and cracks.


Inspect Flashing.  Call a professional to examine the protective metal or flashing around roof vents, the chimney or where planes intersect (such as valleys and around dormers).   Winter weather like snow and ice often disturbs it, and catching problems early will help you avoid big-ticket items.  Flashing should be rust-free, snug and sealed around the edges with roofing cement.

Clear Vents. Plumbing and attic vents should be undamaged and free of debris.

Check the Chimney. Look for cracks in masonry and make sure the cap is secure and undamaged; the interior should be void of critters and their nests.

Warning: Have a professional go up on the roof for you.  Why take the chance of a fall.  Medical bills can be a huge “repair” fee and why take the chance. 

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