Its time to put your mind back in the gutter! Protect your investment and clean your gutters and downspouts.
If you haven't noticed winter weather is here in Hawaii. Torrential rains in the winter months are a blessing and a danger if you are not prepared for the sometimes unexpected chaos that can arise from deluge and inundation alike.
In a perfect world, gutters safely channel rain water away from your roof and home and drain into the ground or sewer. In the process foundations, siding, window casements, and doors are protected from the corrosive force of water damage. Unfortunately, we don't always remember to clean our gutters until a major rain storm wrecks havoc and water severely dampens your chances of selling your property for sale.
Leaves, twigs, dirt, and other debris accumulate in gutters and over time can clog and render useless your gutters and downspouts. Pooling water and overflow can pull gutters from their mountings and rot the wooden elements of your roof and siding causing thousands of dollars worth of damage that can worsen over time; putting a stop to offers by potential buyers.
If you have a single story home and are comfortable with heights and ladders you can save your self money by cleaning your gutters yourself but be prepared for a very messy and mucky experience.
If you are chronologically challenged, afraid of heights, or have a multistoried home hire someone reputable to do the job but be prepared to have this done a least twice a year at a few hundred dollars a pop.
If all this sounds daunting and costly you might consider using the preventative measure of gutter protectors or guards. These products come in a variety of styles and prices (averaging around $1.50 a linear foot) and are relatively easy to install and pay for themselves in a few years from savings in maintenance.
Via Kimo Stowell (Home Staging & Interiors JDS Consulting):
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