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Summer FamilyWelcome to summer—Time for fun in the sun!!! We love it too, but it does have its downsides. Here in Florida, summer is also our rainy season. With all of the rain heading our way, inspecting your home to prevent damage is a must! It’s not just the moisture we’re worried about. Yes you guessed it… It’s also time for those pesky insects to start making their way into our homes. Here are some easy things to check off your list to ensure that your home is summer ready!

1. Inspect wood structures– Be sure to inspect all wooden structures of your home. This includes the inside and outside of your house. Check for any rotting or damaged wood. Anything of this nature should be assessed quickly so that the damages do not worsen.

2. Check for termites– Termites can cause major damage before you even realize you have them. However,  if you are annually checking for them, then you should be able to prevent these suckers from doing any major damage. They eat wood from the inside out, so it is hard to detect them unless you know what to look for. Check your window sills for small buncheGuy Caulkings of them and look around for encrusted mud tubes or dirt in or around small holes and cracks.

3. Prepare for hurricanes– We haven’t had a real hurricane in a while, but this does not predict that we won’t experience any in the near future. Check your home’s hurricane resistant features including things like shutters and windows. Be sure to caulk and weatherstrip windows and doors. Don’t forget to trim any tree limbs that are capable of falling onto your roof.

4. Pest control– If you were worried about pests getting in, well now is the time for them to do so. Make sure you are ahead of them by spraying inside and outside. Sealing your windows and doors will also help with this issue.

Thank you for reading and have a wonderful season!


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Tropical Storm Andrea

This morning brought the first wave of thunderstorms and winds from Tropical Storm Andrea. Areas hit with heavy winds and tornado warnings include Boca Raton, Wellington, Jupiter Farms, and many other areas of Palm Beach County. Fortunately, aside from a few areas affected with more severe winds, Tropical Storm Andrea didn’t pack a huge punch other than heavy rains.

Hurricane Season

The first named storm of the season brings the reality of the Florida Hurricane Season to life for many. During this time, homeowners tend to notice that small leaks in their roof will continue to worsen. For many houses in the West Palm Beach area, new leaks and water damage tend to show up with wind driven rains and heavy downpours. Roof repairs and roof replacements get more challenging to complete during the storm season, as most roofing work cannot be done until the roof is dry. We always recommend our clients have a pre-storm inspection to ensure their roof is in good condition to weather the storms.

 Roof Inspection

In a standard hurricane preparedness inspection, we comb across the roof to identify potential leaks and areas where strong winds and rain could remove portions of the roof. Things we look for include:

– Loose roof tiles that can become missiles in heavy winds

– Shingles that are missing

– Shingles that have lost their adhesive seal, allowing them to easily tear off in winds

– Flashing areas, crickets and other susceptible areas for visible damage

– Flat roof issues such as separating seams and heavy deterioration of the roofing membrane

As Tropical Storm Andrea dumps water across Florida, let it be a reminder that more rain and wind is inevitable. Often, by performing routine maintenance and inspections of roof systems, you can eliminate or minimize damage to the rest of the system and your home. Since your roof protects your family and almost everything you own, it’s a good idea to be proactive!

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