Simple Steps To Check For Roof Damage After A Storm

Damaging storms seem to be happening more often, at least in our part of the country. Roof hail damage can be hard to spot. Especially If you’ve never looked for It before. If your roof has been damaged by wind or hail, your home may be vulnerable to roof leaks or rapid deterioration of shingles or roofing materials.  Most roofs can weather moderate winds and regular rain storms, but after high winds strikes and hail over 1 Inch In diameter, you’ll want to get outside and look for signs of roof damage. What things do you need to check after high winds to see if your roof has been damaged?

  1. Look at your shingles.

Are any of your shingles missing? Have a good look for any shingles that are loose, curled, broken or flapping in the wind. If you see shingles in your yard, you may have damage on your roof. Missing or damaged shingles need to be replaced as soon as possible. Hail hits on shingles may show subtle spots of granule displacement, bruises in the shingle surface, or holes. If you see any dark spots on uniform shingles or dimpled areas, you most likely have hail damage. Hail damaged wood shingles may completely split, crack or have Indentations that affect the long-term life of the shingle. 

  1. Check for damage to other parts of your roof.

Have a good look at ridge caps and vents, chimneys, gutters, soffits and fascia. All of these parts work with your shingles to protect your home. Watch out for missing or loose ridge caps and vents. Have a good look to be sure that gutters are firmly attached and not spilling water over the side. Water stains or decay on your soffits and fascia may be a sign of something more serious. 

  1. Look out for broken tree branches and other debris or objects on your roof.

If you find broken tree branches or other debris on your roof, have a closer look at your shingles and that area of the roof to be sure there hasn’t been greater damage caused by this flying object. If you find debris all over the place, you should suspect there’s been roof damage. If possible, remove the debris (and branches) and have a closer look for damage. Watch out for tree branches leaning on the roof, hitting the gutters during storms or scraping those gutters or the side of the house. Trees should be trimmed back to about six feet from your house.

  1. Check for excessive granules in the gutters.

It’s normal to see granules from your asphalt shingles in the gutters so don’t worry about that. A sudden increase in the volume of granules in the gutters cause for concern. A strong wind (especially when mixed with rain/hail) can cause a lot of wear to a roof. Hail damage causes granules to break loose at the site of Impact. So, If you see an increased amount, you may have hail damage. 

  1. Inspect inside your home.

In the days following a storm, be on the lookout for water damage like stains on walls and ceilings. If you have any water leaks during rain storms, you definitely have a roofing issue that will require inspection and repair by a professional roofer. Be sure to check around light fixtures, as can lights are more prone to show water leakage. If you have access, check the attic rafters for water stains and/or wet insulation. 

Summary

Most importantly, when you check for wind and hail damage, make sure you stay safe! You do not want to injure yourself while checking to see if your roof has been damaged. Wind/Hail related damage to your roof is often covered by your insurance, but be sure to check your policy or call your agent for details. If you find damage, we recommend contacting a roofing professional to determine how best to repair the roof and keep your home safe.

Why You Shouldn’t Do Your Own Electrical Work

At Lion Home Service, we work hard to provide the people of Fort Collins, CO, with top-notch electrical work. We proudly serve all of Larimer County and the surrounding area, so you can trust us to complete your electrical job. While handling your own wiring might seem like a good idea initially, the following are reasons why it’s better to call in a professional.

You Could Get Hurt

Working with electricity can be extremely dangerous if you don’t have experience. You could electrocute yourself, which would result in serious injury or death. An electrician has the tools and experience to work around wiring and electricity safely.

Your Property Could Get Damaged

Electrical work that is done improperly can ruin wires and appliances within the home. You could also end up having to pay for expensive repairs when your own work fails. For this reason, some insurance companies won’t pay for damages caused by faulty, amateur wiring jobs. You money-saving DIY endeavor could end up being quite expensive.

You Could Start a Fire

In addition to causing basic damage, electrical work done incorrectly can cause a fire. Wiring fires can be hard to detect since they often start in walls, You might not know you’re experiencing one until it’s too late.

Your Work Likely Won’t Be to Code

Safety codes exist for a reason. Unfortunately, amateurs often have a hard time achieving the necessary high standards of modern electrical codes. Failure to adhere to code standards can cause an insurance company to refuse to cover the costs incurred.

We’ll Handle Your Wiring Job

The employees of Lion Home Service are capable of performing multiple heating, cooling, and electrical tasks for the residents of Fort Collins. We have a strong presence in our community, and we pride ourselves on conducting business with honesty and integrity.

Call us at Lion Home Service today if you need to have some electrical work done on your home in Fort Collins.

Quick Tips To Be “HVAC AWARE”

Chances are, you don’t give much thought to the system that warms your home in the winter and cools your home in the summer.

And why should you? You leave it to the experts to take care of it for you; meanwhile, you focus on more important things in your life—like family, work, etc. As long as everything runs normally, you shouldn’t have to give it a second thought; just sit back and enjoy the temperature and air flow as everything works as it should in the background.

But what happens if it doesn’t work as it should?

With winter here, you don’t want to get cold or uncomfortable as you discover it doesn’t work. And if there’s an emergency, you want to be able to act fast to deal with it.

So, here are some tips to help you be “HVAC aware” this month… to give your HVAC system a little bit of love so it will continue to keep you and your family comfortable.

Tip #1. Let’s start with the word HVAC itself: It stands for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning, and it’s the name given to the entire system that heats and cools your home. It often includes your furnace, your air conditioning unit, as well as the ductwork that runs through your walls.

Tip #2. Find out what kind of heating system you have. Is it electric? Oil? Natural gas? (Note: even systems that run on oil and natural gas may also be plugged in to your home’s electrical system.) You should also know the brand, the year it was installed, and the company that installed it. Keep this information on the HVAC system but also keep it handy in a drawer somewhere else so that you can make a quick call to that company if you ever need more information in a hurry.

Tip #3. Find out how to turn your furnace and air conditioner off and on, including any switches ON the system itself as well as how to turn it on and off at your circuit panel. If there’s ever a fire, you’ll want to be able to turn off your HVAC system at the circuit panel if you can’t get to the system itself.

Tip #4. If your system is fed from a municipal supply (such as natural gas), learn where those pipes are and if there is a place to turn off the supply. If there’s ever a leak, know how to turn it off fast.

Tip #5. Look for exhaust pipes. Depending on your system, your HVAC system might use a chimney or an exhaust pipe. Keep these free from blockages. For example, make sure that leaves or snow don’t block up the exhaust pipe, and make sure that small animals don’t get into your chimney.

Tip #6. Even though you can’t see most of the ductwork, you can see the vents! Know where they are and see which vents blow OUT warm (or cool) air, and which vents take in air to circulate it back to the system. Keep an eye on these vents and keep them free from being blocked by furniture.

Tip #7. Know where the filters are. Different systems use filters in different ways. Those filters help to remove particles from the air that you would otherwise breathe. Clean those filters regularly and replace them regularly too.

Tip #8. Use all your senses to monitor your HVAC system. If it starts to sound unusual or smell unusual, take action right away. Turn it off and call an expert HVAC company and get help.

Your HVAC system is an important system in your home and it works 24/7 to keep your family safe and comfortable. But if it suddenly stops working the way you want, your February can very quickly go from warm and cozy to cold! Use these tips to be HVAC Aware this month and throughout the year.

The Importance of Air Duct Cleaning

Air ducts get a lot of daily use. This means that they can get soiled or contaminated over time. When this happens, dirty air might be circulating throughout a home. This poor air quality can sometimes lead to negative health consequences.

How Are Air Ducts Cleaned?

Cleaning air ducts is usually best left to the professionals, like our team at Lion Home Service. Usually, air duct cleaners use negative air machines equipped with HEPA filters along with rotary brush cabling systems to knock any debris or built-on dust and grime loose. These vacuum cleaning systems are typically mounted on trucks. The benefit of using truck-mounted vacuums is that the dust and debris will go straight from the ducts to an external holding system rather than any container that needs to be moved around your home. Quality ductwork professionals can also clean the furnace, air coils, and central system so that every part is addressed. From start to finish, all of the particulates stay contained within a closed system.

When Should You Clean Your Air Vents?

Having your air ducts cleaned isn’t something that you have to worry about all the time. Though each situation differs, it’s generally recommended that ducts get cleaned every three to five years. You might want to have them cleaned more often if you have pets that shed or have noticed a problem with rodents or critters that may be leaving droppings in your ductwork. In addition, construction and remodeling projects can make a home very dusty and filled with sawdust. All of those particles can find their way into the ducts, so you may want to schedule a cleaning soon after one of these large projects or builds has been completed.

The Results

Contaminants, dust, and debris can be removed from your home when your air ducts are cleaned. People in your household, especially those with respiratory issues, can benefit from breathing in cleaner air. Give us a call at Lion Home Service in Fort Collins if you think it’s time for your air ducts to be cleaned or for our HVAC services.