As spring approaches, storms and rain can be anticipated.

Here are a few quick tips to ensure your roof is ready to handle this kind of weather:

Have your roof inspected. Identifying and addressing potential leaks before they become problems can save money and prevent headaches. Have all pipe boots and flashings inspected to ensure they are ready to handle heavy rains. Look for loose and damaged shingles, and repair where necessary. Inspect for exposed fasteners, and make sure to apply caulking to the head when you find them.

Clean the roof of all debris. Be confident there are no obstructions to prevent water from freely flowing from your roof and away from your home. Make sure your gutters and downspouts are clean and water is being diverted away from your home once it leaves the downspout.

Be sure to trim any tree branches that may be hanging over the roof. Low hanging tree limbs can drag against your roof and home, damaging its surface. Limbs blown off during storms can potentially cause severe damage to your home. Trimming trees back from your home can help prevent this, or at a minimum, mitigate the damage if limbs do fall on your home.