It's Time To Clean Those Gutters * Do you have a 2-Story Ladder or the # of Someone Who Does?

Reblogger Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Property Manager with Gibson Management Group, Ltd.

Thank you JAY! I'm starting to identify HOMEowner duties that are usually performed by the LANDlord - this is one of them so the investment in a 2-story ladder is unnecessary (Sorry, HomeDepot #20 Joey Lagano) AND the risk of falling off the roof is not an option.

I also have the shingles and the bath roof vents inspected for replacement

 
Original content by Jay Markanich 3380-000723

It's time to clean those gutters.  It's fall.  Leaves fall.  Gutters clog.  Gutters fill.

And water goes where it can.

We have had lots of rain lately.  But no matter where you live, water needs to be controlled, on, around and in homes. 

As I have said before, water is THE killer of houses.

From outdoors it was easy to see the gutter over the family room door was completely full of leaves. 

And it was apparent that this clogging had been happening for some time.

Why can I say that?  Because in addition to the leaves were assorted sticks and even some plants growing there!

That's indication enough to break out the thermal imaging camera.

One stain looks up about 15" above the gutter, so a limb from a tree may have fallen and done some damage to the roof, puncturing a hole in a couple of shingles.

Small holes like that are sometimes not readily visible from outside!

The leaking into the house was not readily visible from inside!

The only way to see this in advance of it's becoming a big issue is with a thermal camera.

The moisture can be clearly visible at the blue and purple spots.  The wicking of moisture into the insulation and/or drywall can be seen at the lavender areas.

The problem(s) are likely easily solved.  And the area can be dried out.

My recommendation:  clean your gutters!  Regularly!  In the fall they may need three, four or five cleanings from fallen leaves.  In the spring they may also need a couple of cleanings because of the oak tree fuzzies and maple tree helicopters.  But keep them clean!  Where the house is in the near proximity of tall trees, solid gutter caps are highly recommended.  Those little screens are not very effective.

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia

www.jaymarinspect.com


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Michelle Francis
Tim Francis Realty LLC - Atlanta, GA
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Wallace, 

Winter is a busy time of year for Property Managers - leaves - gutters - HVAC maintenance - outside water spicets turned off and covered for frost - sprinklers winterized and that's just the beginning.

Having the right vendors is so key here!

All the best, Michelle

Oct 24, 2011 01:52 AM #1
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Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Gibson Management Group, Ltd. - Charlottesville, VA
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I'm SO glad I don't have properties with sprinkler systems....1 HOA has them and they do the winterizing and spring turn on....HVAC, smoke alarm and gutters and roof checks are enough for me. 

Oct 24, 2011 02:05 AM #2
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Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
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Hi Wallace - Do the one time expense and install guards.

Oct 24, 2011 06:53 AM #3
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Mark Delgado
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The timing of this is perfect! I was just talking to my wife about how we need to clean gutters and trim a tree on a rental property that we own ourselves. Guess this would fall under the property owner taking care of it category.
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