Many parts of your home need a spring cleaning, and the roof is no exception to the rule. You can begin inside of the attic for signs of mold and mildew. If you notice any discolored boards, you could have more serious damage that will require checking the entire roof and gutters.

Mold and Mildew: You may notice you have roof algae displayed as moss and lichens. Ignoring this is not the thing to do, because moisture can leak through the shingles and onto the roof of the home. Mold and mildew can cause health issues with family members and pets.

It isn't advisable to use a pressure washer because it could damage the shingles. Instead, mix a combination of 50% bleach and water to remove the algae. Plants on the ground don't like bleach, so you should wet them before and after you clean the roof area. You can also place a tarp over them for added protection.

How to Protect Algae from Returning: The area of shingles closest to the peak of the room is a good location to place 6" wide copper or zinc strips. Some of the metal molecules will be washed on the roof when it rains to kill the harmful algae. That could be why you see some of the newer homes with a strip of copper (flashing) around the chimney.

Check the Flashings: You need to check the flashings, which are located in joints and used to prevent leakage. For example, you will notice a different substance around a chimney where it joins the roof; this is the flashing.

Check the Gutters: Semi-annual cleaning in the spring and fall ensures the gutters are clear of any twigs, leaves, or any other debris collected from snowfall or windy summer days. It is best to begin at the downspout holes with a pair of work gloves, because you might find a dead animal in the disaster area.

Check the Downspout: As you clean the gutters with the water hose, you can also detect any leaks in the downspout which might need repairing. If you discover it is blocked, you should begin at the bottom. A plumber's snake could help remove the clog, but you don't want to add any more water because it could cause the clog to become tightly packed.

Check the Shingles: If you live in an area with high winds or other risky situations, you might want to check the roof's shingles every six months. Otherwise, most roofers suggest a minimum of annual procedures to ensure the shingles are still tightly attached.

These are the basic tips needed to ensure your family is ready for the spring showers. If you have the right tools and a little help, the job isn't very involved if done before problems occur. However, if you are hesitant about the process, it might be advisable to hire a team of professionals like those from Genos Siding and Roofing for the chore.

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