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Be Carbon-Monoxide Smart to Keep Loved Ones Safe This Winter

While we’re South Shore MA roofers who specialize in safety related to your residential roof or commercial roof, we want to do all we can to keep our New England neighbors safe on a variety of home and business fronts, regardless of the season! So, we’re sharing another in a series of posts related to home and business safety.

During the months of winter, how many times have you listened to the news and learned of a family that was made deathly ill, or that even perished, from Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning? We always think such a thing could never happen to us, but that’s only true if we take the necessary precautions to keep our homes and businesses CO-safe, particularly during the months of winter when CO Poisoning impacts the largest number of individuals.

Why are CO-related deaths and emergency room visits so high in December, January, February and March? Due to extremely cold temperatures and/or power outages, more people use gas-powered furnaces and well as use inside their homes or offices alternative heating sources that weren’t meant to be used inside or in an enclosed space –- sources like charcoal grills or propane stoves and grills.

So, before snow starts accumulating and icicles start forming, and as you make preparations for the holidays and associated celebrations and visitors, add these to your to-do list:

  • Buy a battery-powered or battery back-up CO detector if you don’t already have one – one for every level of your home – and set them up there.
  • Unless you’ve had one in the last nine months, schedule a check-up with a qualified technician for your heating system, water heater, and other gas, oil, or coal burning appliances.

Once and while snow is in the air, on the ground, and on your roof, be sure to adhere to the following on an ongoing basis:

  • Keep vents and flues free, i.e., unblocked – whether it be from any kind of debris, snow or ice. This means furnace vents, intake valves and chimneys should be kept snow-free.
  • Related to what we shared at the beginning of our blog post, never burn anything in a stove or fireplace that is not vented.
  • Even when bitter cold or power outages hit, never use a hibachi, charcoal grill, lantern, or portable camping stove inside a home, tent, or camper. If it’s too cold to stay in your home, go to emergency shelters or centers set up by your town, such as a school.
  • Never heat your home with a gas stove.

And, regardless of the time of year, make sure you follow these CO Poisoning Prevention Guidelines:

  • Never run the motor in your car, truck, or other vehicle in an enclosed or partially enclosed space, such as a garage.
  • Never run a motor vehicle, generator, pressure washer, or any gasoline-powered engine less than 20 feet from an open window, door, or vent – you don’t want exhaust to vent into an enclosed area.
  • The same guideline above for the same machinery/vehicles/tools above apply to a basement, garage, or other enclosed structure. Keeping the doors or windows open may not be enough to prevent CO poisoning. So don’t risk operating the aforementioned in these spots.
  • Recognize these symptoms of CO poisoning, including dizziness, light-headed-ness, and nausea.
  • Any time you suspect CO poisoning, or your CO detector sounds, leave your house or business, and call 911 or a health care professional right away.

Remember Carbon Monoxide Is An Odorless and Colorless Gas, So When In Doubt, Have Your Home or Business Checked Out! And, Be Sure to Read About What You Can Do on the Ice Dam Prevention and Ice Dam Removal Fronts to Keep Your Family Safe This Winter!

Act Now So That Ice Dams Don’t Dampen Your Holiday Spirit and Festivities!

Many home and business owners wait to call an expert, like us, until an ice dam forms and causes a lot of damage to their real estate property. When water damage associated with ice dams occurs, not only is it quite costly to remove and replace furniture, carpeting, wood floors and other home and commercial property furnishings, it can also really put an emotional and physical damper on the holidays – particularly, if such damage leads to families and guests being displaced from their home or becoming ill, celebrations being cancelled, and thoughtfully purchased gifts and sentimental decorations ruined.

If you’re like most home and business owners, in addition to investing in a nice home and/or business and holiday decorations and gifts, you’ve likely also invested in expensive TVs, computers, and other technology that would be costly to replace if they became water-damaged.

As we explained on our roof maintenance services page, ice dams form when temperatures on your winter roof become uneven. You can greatly minimize, and even eliminate, the occurrence of non-uniform roof temperature – and resulting ice dam formation – by:

  • Sealing off any areas in your home or business that allow warm air to travel from living or working spaces to your roof – in other words, you can cut off heat’s escape route.
  • Insulating your living and working areas so that heat does not enter or leave through your ceiling.
  • Ventilating the space between insulation and your home or commercial building so that any heat that has made its way through won’t continue its journey to your roof.

If you haven’t already addressed the above, take steps today to protect your most valuable assets – your family, your home, and your businesses. Keep them, and priceless items like holiday decorations that have been in your family forever, warm and dry. Contact us today for a complimentary discussion of how we can help you identify and execute the right steps for you to take related to your particular property’s situation. We’ll help you keep your family, home, and business safe this holiday season, so be sure to check this off your holiday “to do” list!

How To Make Your Home Halloween-Safe

Where did the year go? We can’t believe Halloween in New England is just around the corner! So that each and every ghost, goblin, Spiderman, and princess who visits your home enjoys a fun, safe Halloween, we’re sharing the below tips for making your place halloween-safe — for both your family and your visitors.

  • Don’t Make Halloween Extra/Unnecessarily Scary — remember to turn off any alarm systems, so children aren’t frightened by the loud sounds or bright lights that might greet them when they approach your door.
  • Keep Your Pets’ Halloween Celebration Separate — be sure your pets are in a room or area where they won’t be aware of or startle guest visitors and visitors won’t frighten your beloved pets.
  • Prevent Falls and Fright — sweep and rake paths and walkways that children may travel to reach your front door. Don’t let a fall ruin their Halloween fun or cause a Halloween freak-out due to children not knowing what they just stepped on!
  • Clear The Way For Visitors — related to the above, make trick or treaters feel wanted and welcomed by not placing on the route they will likely take to your doorway Halloween decorations or other items that they might bump into or trip on. If there are any bricks or pathway stones that are sticking up or broken that could contribute to a visitor’s fall, fix them before the big night! Same goes with any stairs trick or treaters may have to climb.
  • Make It a Bright Fright Night — be sure to have outside lights turned on. This will alert trick or treaters that you welcome their visit, prevent any trips or falls and just make your young visitors feel safe.
  • Paaahk the caahh in the garage — for those non-fellow-Bostonians, that’s park the car in the garage! Not only will parking your car make your driveway more accessible to trick or treaters, it should mean you and your car won’t be the victim of any possible neighborhood Halloween high jinks such as egg throwing!
  • Light The Way With LED — never use lit candles to outline or light the path to your door or use them in decorations in any parts of your yard or home that trick or treaters might visit. There is too much risk that the long tail of a ghostly visitor or the long sleeve or hair of a Cinderella visitor might dangle over a candle and catch on fire.

We wish everyone a safe, festive, fun, and bewitching Halloween!

How to Find the Right Roofing Contractor

blogoct2Finding a contractor to inspect, repair, or replace your roof can be a stressful task. You have to be able to trust a roofing company with the most valuable part of your home, because mistakes can be dangerous and cause extra expenses. Here are three things to consider when choosing a roofing company in Hanover, MA.

Do they offer the service you need?

Some roofing companies only focus on specific areas, or only work with specific types of roofing. You also need to check if they specialize in commercial or residential roofing. Some companies do both, but not all. Search for a company that can provide the exact services for your specific roofing type. Even if a company offer the service you need, it may not be the main product they offer, and they may not be as skilled in that area. Read their website carefully to ensure that they are right for the job.

Do they serve your area?

When searching for a roofing company, make sure that they serve the area you live in. Even companies that are close by may restrict their services to the specific town they are in, especially if it’s a large city, or if the business is very small. Oftentimes, they company will have details about coverage area on their site, but if not, call them for information.

What do other people think of them?

Hunt around online for reviews from past customers. Use your judgement when reading through – not every review will be accurate and some may be over-exaggerated. If a majority of the reviews you are seeing are positive, there’s a good chance that you will have a good experience with the company.

Contact South Shore Roofing today to see if our roofing company is right for you.

When Should I Get My Roof Inspected?

blogoct1Everyone who owns a car is legally required to get it inspected once a year. This ensures the safety of the driver, any passengers they may have with them, and everyone else out on the road. Roof inspections are just as important, to protect the safety of everyone in your home, but many people don’t know when they should get their inspections or how to go about it.

Regularly

If you own a home, you should be getting a regular roof inspection in Hanover, MA every three years. This is a great way to check for insignificant damage that can become a huge disaster later on. Over time, the cost of regular roof inspections will actually save you a ton of money on expensive repairs.

After a Storm

Even a small storm can cause damage, especially if there were winds of 50mph or more. You may not be able to see the damage with the naked eye, but a professional roofing contractor who knows what to look for can spot storm damage before it becomes an issue. The inspection will also help you file an insurance claim if you need to.

When You Move

When you buy a new home, it is important to get an inspection done before you close on the sale. Usually this is a very informal procedure, but taking the extra time to get a professional inspection of the roof alone can save you a ton of headaches.

When Insurance Requires It

When you purchase homeowners insurance, the company will likely require an inspection of the home, including the roof. This way, they know the condition of your property and can accurately process damage claims in the future.

When you need a professional roof inspection, and an honest price quote on repairs or replacements, trust South Shore Roofing. Contact us today for a free consultation.

How to Find Roof Leaks

grthrtgerwsWhen you begin to notice signs of water damage on the ceiling of your home, the first thing you should do is check for roof leaks. If you can figure out where the water is coming in, you can figure out how to fix the leak and clean up the damage. The following procedure should be done while standing on the ground with binoculars. It is not safe to be walking on your roof if it is damaged, and you can cause additional damage while you are up there.

  1. Locate the area in your home where the leak is coming through, and then find the corresponding spot on the roof above. This is where you will concentrate your search.
  2. Search areas where there are pipes, ventilation stacks, chimneys, skylights, air conditioners and other things like this. These areas are hard to seal, so the leak may be coming from there.
  3. Look above the affected area to see if water is running downslope under the roofing material.
  4. Look for missing or cracked shingles, tiles, shakes, or flashing.
  5. Examine valleys in the roof, which are spaces where two sections of roof meet. Water is channeled into these valleys, making them more prone to water damage.

Getting a regular roof inspection in Hanover, MA goes a long way towards preventing leaks and water damage. The team at South Shore Roofing can detect small issues before they become a huge and costly issue. Contact us today to get your free roofing consultation.

How to Prevent Snow and Ice from Damaging Your Roof

fvrthrthrtNew England winters can be harsh, which can mean hard times for your roof. Snow and ice are one of the biggest dangers when it comes to maintaining your roof, so we’re here to tell you about the various types of damage that snow and ice can cause, and some tips on dealing with it.

Added Weight

One of the most obvious issues with snow and ice buildup on your roof is the added weight. This can lead to cracks in your drywall or cave-ins. Large accumulations of snow should be removed, but this can be a dangerous process. It is best to call a roofing contractor in Duxbury, MA to do this for you.

Ice Dams

Ice dams are formed when snow melts and runs underneath the remaining snow cover, where it refreezes. This prevents water from draining into your gutters, and the accumulated water can then create leaks.

You can prevent ice dams by making sure that your attic is properly ventilated. When the attic gets too warm in the winter it can cause snow to melt and refreeze. By getting a regular roof inspection, you can spot issues with your ventilation before they become an issue.

Removing the Snow

You may not be aware of this, but sometimes the process of removing the snow and ice can cause damage to your shingles. Scraping the shingles can remove granules and take years off of the lifespan of your roof. The best way to take care of your snow and ice issues is to call in a professional roofer. In the end you will save money on costly future repairs by paying a little for regular roof maintenance.

What Are Ice Dams, and How Can They Damage Your Roof?

blog2hfhfhfhfIf you live in a colder climate, like New England, your roof could face serious damage in the winter from ice dams. An ice dam is formed when accumulated snow melts and runs down the slope of the roof and under the existing blanket of snow and freezes. Ice continues to accumulate, forming a dam, which prevents melting snow from draining off of the roof.

These dams can be very dangerous, because they trap liquid on the roof. This can lead to leaks, damaged ceilings and walls, and damage to the roof structure and insulation. It can even cause personal injury if the ice dam falls off on a person walking underneath it. People are also frequently injured when they attempt to remove the ice dams on their own, rather than calling a professional.

Building designs with proper ventilation and adequate insulation can prevent ice dams from forming. You should also attempt to remove snow from your roof before it can accumulate with a tool called a roof rake.

Before attempting to remove ice dams or snow from your roof on your own, you should consider the benefits of having it professionally done. South Shore Roofing specializes in roof repair in Norwell, MA and the surrounding area. For a free estimate on roof maintenance or on a full roof replacement, visit SouthShoreRoofers.com, today.

How Do You Know When it’s Time to Replace Your Roof?

home-1183150_640The roof is arguably one of the most valuable parts of your home. It protects you and your belongings from the elements, and its gutter system protects the rest of your home from damage. It also takes the brunt of the damage brought on by weather conditions – and just like everything else in your home it also suffers from daily wear and tear as it ages. The following are some warning signs that you may need a roof replacement in Duxbury Massachusetts.

A Leaky Attic

After a heavy rain or a big storm, check your attic for signs of a leak. It could be a sign that your roof is deteriorating and in need of replacing or repairs.

Blistering or Peeling Paint

When the paint in your home blisters or peels, it’s usually a sign of trapped moisture. If your roof is not properly ventilated, you could be in for some serious repair costs. Making sure your home is properly ventilated is a key part of roof maintenance.

Missing or Damaged Shingles

When large portions of your shingles are missing, or beginning to curl up it could be a sign that your roof is nearing the end of its lifetime and needs to be replaced.

Dark Spots

If large areas of your roof look dark or dirty, it could mean that mold or fungus has begun to grow on the shingles, or that the protective granules that coat the shingles have worn away. If you start seeing this dark spots, you may need a roof replacement.

Rising Energy Costs

If you’re seeing rising energy bills, your roof may be losing its effectiveness. Over time, your roof’s ability to insulate the home and keep out moisture diminishes, so you may need to replace it.

When you need a roof replacement or repairs, trust the experts at South Shore Roofing. Contact us at SouthShoreRoofers.com and get a free estimate.

Roofing Problem Signs to Look For When Buying a Home

ghsrjtfuykfulWhen buying a home, it is always important to carefully inspect it before placing an offer. Issues with the roof can turn a potential dream home into a money sucker very quickly. To make sure that you don’t get suckered into repairs, or even a full roof replacement in Duxbury, Massachusetts, make sure you check the roof for these problem signs.

Age

The ideal life-expectancy of a well-maintained roof is thirty years or more. Ask the seller what the age of the roof is, to see if it is close to needing a replacement. The age of a roof isn’t necessarily a warning sign, but if the roof was installed sloppily or is poorly maintained it could be a red flag.

Missing Shingles

Obvious signs of damage should be easily visible from the lawn, or when standing across the street. This could be a sign of big problems later on. When negotiating the contract, it is a good idea to hire a roofer to inspect the roof of the home for problems. They can give you a good idea of how much the roof will cost you after you move in. If the home has already been inspected prior to being put up for sale, you can ask the seller to review it.

Problems with the Gutters

The gutters protect the home from water damage, so if they are improperly maintained it could mean major issues for your home in the future. A roof inspection should include the gutters, so it’s a good idea to get one done before you sign any contracts.

Some states have a special law that requires sellers to fill out disclosure forms. These forms will tell you about any and all problems with the home. Before you perform your inspections, look up whether your state requires these forms and acquire them from the seller.