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Signs Of A Faulty Septic System

I thought I had a septic problem when my toilet and sink wasn't draining properly. This suspicion was confirmed when sewer water started backing up in my bathtub. I figured that this was a job for a professional, so I called a local sewer service company. Sure enough, my septic tank was full and this was causing the problem. After having my tank pumped out, my drains run freely and my toilet flushes better than it has in a long time. My name is Wesley Hammond and the experience that I had with my septic system is the reason that I'm writing this blog. Since sewage backup in the house is very unhealthy, everyone should be aware of the signs of a faulty septic system. As you read these articles, you'll learn about the different types of septic system problems and how you can keep them from happening.


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Preparing Your Roof For Summer Storms

by Jacob Reed

It is not often you see a hurricane that wrought the destruction seen during the destruction of Hurricane Juan in 2003. Unfortunately, it does not take that level of wind to do major damage to your roof. If your roof is not properly prepared, major wind gusts—which are often seen during summer storms—can cause major destruction. Although you may not be able to prevent damage from being done, there are steps you can take that may reduce the amount of damage you will experience.

Check Your Roof's Integrity

The warm weather during late spring and early summer is the perfect time to get outside and check your home for damage caused by winter weather. While you are looking around your home, always make sure you look up to see if there is any visible damage to your roof. Even from the ground you may be able to see:

  • Curling or damaged edges
  • Missing shingles or tiles
  • Dislodged roofing nails, and more

If you have metal roofing, make sure all of your panels are in place, as well as your screws, bolts, or concealed fasteners. A more thorough inspection may require you to actually climb up on your roof. If you are uncomfortable doing this, consider hiring a roofing contractor, likeSunik Roofing Contractors in Calgary, to evaluate the condition of your roof.

Eliminate Any Obstacles Which May Cause Damage To Your Roof During A Storm

As you look around your yard, evaluate the conditions of the trees on your property. Even if they are green, it does not mean they are all structurally sound. By cutting back overhanging limbs and eliminating dead, diseased, or rotting trees, you will reduce the chances of these limbs or trees falling on your roof during a storm. 

If you are aware of an approaching storm, always make sure that you secure anything that could take flight during the storm. This includes lawn furniture, gardening tools, pool toys, umbrella shades, and more. Consider anchoring sheds, and outbuildings which have permanent foundations, with straps and ground anchors.

Clean Out Your Gutters

Did you know you can greatly increase the life of your gutters and your roof by simply cleaning them? If your gutters are clogged when it rains, your gutters will have to deal with the weight of the debris, as well as the weight of the rain. Summer storms can bring torrential downpours, which will often deposit gallons of water into your gutters within a few minutes.

Each gallon of water alone weighs 8.3 pounds. When you combine multiple gallons of water, along with the weight of the debris clogging your gutters, you will be setting yourself up for gutter failure. Once your gutters fail, you will run the risk of water entering underneath the edge of your roofing materials.

Change Out Your Roofing Materials

If this is the year that you will have to install a new roof, consider some of the impact resistant roofing materials on the market. These will not only help to protect your roof from high winds, but they will also protect it from the hail, which is often experienced during summer storms. Although these materials are slightly more expensive than other roofing materials on the market, they have been shown to last much longer during severe weather conditions. 

Available in four different classes of materials, you will find the higher the class, the higher the level of impact the material has been tested to absorb. Your roofing contractor will be able to give you more information about these materials, as well as other recommended materials that are available on the market.