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With the enormous snowstorms (hopefully) behind us, it's a good time to start preparing your home for the spring. Beginning some of your spring maintenance early gives you a head start on everything you need to accomplish, and allows you to enjoy the sunny weather before all of your peers. One of the first tasks that you should tackle is the roof. All of the snow and precipitation that accumulated over the past three or four months takes a toll, and could lead to potential long-term damage if not inspected. Here are a few tips when checking your CT roof to make sure everything is functioning properly.

1. Do all of the initial inspections from the ground or through second floor windows so you can get a good vantage point of the roof from them. Use binoculars if needed.

2. Trim back the trees surrounding your CT roof to prevent branches from rubbing against the roof surface. This will keep the roof surface dry, stopping any growths such as algae, mold, fungus and more. Also keep vines, roses and ivy trimmed back from the roof.

3. Rid your gutters and lower level roof surfaces of pine needles, twigs and fallen leaves so rain water drains with no issue.

4. When removing snow or ice from the roof area, use a soft-bristled broom or long extension pole. Don't allow the shovels to make contact with your shingles because they could get damaged.

5. Don't allow water from a downspout to pour directly onto a roof below, as this can create additional wear to the shingles. All upper-story downspouts should be connected to a lower-level gutter with drains installed on the roof.

6. For complete safety, never climb a wet or snow-covered roof. If you or any professional has to walk on the roof to install a TV antenna or any other roof element, use care to protect the roofing (and yourself). Avoid mounting satellite discs or any hardware to the roof surface to prevent any leak areas.

7. Inspect under your CT roof deck from the attic to find any potential leaks. Flashings are the most obvious and vulnerable points because they hint at evidence of leakage, such as water stains. These stains can also be due to condensation as a result of poor attic ventilation.