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How to Prevent Water Damage

At P.J. Fitzpatrick, we’ve seen many homeowners put off roofing, gutter, window, and siding issues that can lead to future water damage. Make sure you prevent water damage so your home doesn’t suffer. You should perform inspections on a regular basis and if you find something wrong, make sure you contact us. Here, we’ll tell you how to inspect your home to look for water damage issues that may cause problems.

Roofing Inspection

  1. Lean your ladder securely against your roof, then climb up to begin your inspection (if it’s cloudy or getting dark, make sure you have a flashlight).
  2. First, look for cracked caulk or rust on your flashing.
  3. Next, look for curled, buckling, blistering, or missing shingles.
  4. After that, look for cracked or worn rubber around your vents.

Roof Flashing Water Damage

Gutter Inspection

  1. Lean your ladder securely against your roof, then climb up to begin your inspection (if it’s cloudy or getting dark, make sure you have a flashlight).
  2. Take a look at how your gutters are attached to your home; note if they’re pulling away from it.
  3. Next, inspect inside your gutters to look for any leaf or debris clogs.
  4. Then, inspect your gutters’ seams. If they look loose or are rusted they may be leaking.

Gutter Damaage

Window & Siding Inspection

Below is a video from P.J. Fitzpatrick that shows you how to inspect your windows and siding for water damage and how to prevent it:

If you notice any of these problems, call the repair experts at P.J. Fitzpatrick so we can come out and address the issue as soon as possible to prevent any future water damage.

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