Don't do it! Sure, it’s a quick fix and it works for a while. But now your repair is costlier because that slathered on tar must be removed before the original leak can be repaired! It also just looks bad. So, if you see what looks like tar on your roof it’s because there was (or still is) a leak that was not properly repaired the first time.
A pretty green moss may give a lakeside cottage a quaint look, however plants growing on a roof's surface will eat into the roofing material. This causes premature failure of the material and also slows the drainage of water. Products like 'Wet & Forget' can be sprayed onto a roof to temporarily remove moss, mold, mildew, and algae stains.
Here is something that we see all the time – clogged gutters!
Fall is approaching and it’s time to start thinking about cleaning your gutters. Soggy leaves can lead to water overflowing from the gutters and draining toward your foundation. This causes dampness and water entry into your basement or crawlspace. The gutters can also back up, which can force water to drain towards your home and cause damage and mold.
Many companies clean gutters – including gutter cleaning companies, landscapers and pest control companies. Be sure that whomever you choose, they clean and flush your gutters and leaders and/or underground drain lines. Having your gutters well maintained and clean can give you peace of mind going into the winter months.
This issue came up at a recent townhouse inspection done by Michael McCarthy. Although the installation of kickouts is not required in this case they were recommended to help prevent siding from rotting.
1. There were no kickout / diverters installed at the bottom of the roof / wall intersection areas which are commonly referred to as side or 'cheek side walls'. Accumulating roof water runoff should be directed out and away from the building and into the gutters. Roof-to-wall flashing areas should have a kickout / diverter installed at the bottom termination of the side or cheek walls to ensure that water is directed away from siding and other wall surfaces. The installation of kickout / diverters will be required to prevent leaks and water damage from occurring.
2. Flashing was missing below the rear window cheek wall and was only caulked. It should have been flashed below the window like your neighbors. The installation of flashing will be required to prevent leaks from occurring.
3. The vent channels in the attic were either loose or missing. Therefore, the insulation was incorrectly installed above the soffit vents and was blocking the passage of air from the soffit vents into the attic area. This condition prevents adequate air circulation into the attic area. Removal of the insulation from above the soffit vents or the proper installation of vent channels will be required to provide adequate air circulation into the attic area.