Let the water flow down your roof

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Home Builder with Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 CSL#642819

Your roof and gutter are meant to handle rain and stormy weather. It is when this flow of water is obstructed that problems can occur. Regular cleaning of your roof, valleys, gutters and downspouts will allow water to flow freely down to the ground.

While you are up there, check the roof for missing tiles, cracks and other area that may be a source of water intrusion.

 

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Larry Bettag
Cherry Creek Mortgage Illinois Residential Mortgage License LMB #0005759 Cherry Creek Mortgage NMLS #: 3001 - Saint Charles, IL
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Tom...thanks for the reminder.  My roof's in great shape, but it does need the crud all off of it and away from the gutters.  Thanks for the reminder!

Oct 28, 2011 10:03 AM #1
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Fred Griffin, on leave of absence from ActiveRain
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Tom, I saw a house this morning, the gutters were full of debris.  There were pine tree seedlings coming up out of them, it was that bad.

Thanks for the reminder!

Oct 28, 2011 10:33 AM #2
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
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Oh yes, that accummulation of leaves can create a problem.  You present a great reminder of something I will need to take care of this weekend.  I cannot believe we are this far into the year already.

Oct 28, 2011 02:23 PM #3
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Sheila Newton Team Anderson & Greenville SC
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I can't believe how many homes i list that have full gutters!! sometimes with stuff growing out of them... i love gutter guards!

Oct 28, 2011 03:00 PM #4
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Doug Bullwinkel
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Water can create an enormous amount of damage when it's heading in the wrong direction.  These gutters and roof lines control the flow so it's important to keep them clear.

Oct 28, 2011 05:37 PM #5
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
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Sometimes it is really a matter of getting the crud off the roof Larry. Let gravity work for us.

Gotta love those elevated metal planter boxes, right Fred.

Scary how quickly the seasons have changed. Gutters are on my list this weekend Myrl. (gotta practice what I preach - hehehehe)

Those gutter guards do have their benefits Sheila.

We just need to let gravity work Doug.

Oct 28, 2011 07:32 PM #6
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Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
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Hi Tom, so what do you think of those granular coated steel roofs?

Oct 29, 2011 03:19 AM #7
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Robert Butler
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Basic home maintenance the used to be common knowledge that's gotten lost in (generational?) translation. No gutter guards seem to work as advertised. Nothing beats getting up there regularly, and there's the rub, you gotta get up there routinely and for lots of places annual is not enough.

Oct 29, 2011 04:50 AM #8
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
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Charles - I've never installed them, but have heard good things about it. It's lighter than concrete tiles, and look very much like it. You have to know how to walk on them! You don't want to dent the roof.

Robert - I do my gutters 3-4 times a year, not because I want to. I think it is easy to overlook because you can't see into the gutter unless you climb up and look at them.

Oct 30, 2011 08:26 AM #9
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