You hear a lot about spring cleaning, but not so much about what you need to do in the fall. As the season begins to turn to cooler weather and the trees shed their leaves at an alarming rate, you need to start thinking about how to get your home ready for the changes ahead. It is also the perfect time to inspect your home for any needed repairs to ensure that it is not vulnerable to the elements. (more…)
Certain times of the year are better for outdoor home maintenance. During these times, you should get reacquainted with your gutters. Especially after a difficult winter, it’s important to check your gutters as soon as you can. During the colder times of the year when you can’t do outdoor maintenance, you can always check the condition of your windows. Understanding how to perform checkups and necessary repairs can save you plenty of money on replacements.
Keeping leaves, and debris out of your eaves trough is obviously in your best interest.
This can mean regularly scheduled cleaning intervals by yourself or your local contractor, or to reduce the amount of maintenance required, some type of gutter screening system or leaf guard can be installed.
What if you could totally transform the look of your North Vancouver home with just a few little tricks that do not cost much? Re-vamping your home can add some spice to your life and freshen up dated-looking rooms. This is especially useful around the holidays if you will be hosting guests. Follow these easy tips and add a little flair to your home today.
Make sure to clear your gutters from leaves and debris in the fall. The combination of being clogged with leaves and freezing water can cause damage to your home and actually cause basement leaking. Since it is not something you see everyday as a reminder, make a note on your “to do” list as soon as leaves start to fall.
To save money on later projects, hold onto even your used equipment which still serves a purpose. For example, leftover drywall or putty may be useful if you ever need to patch a hole. Even seemingly “done” items like used paint rollers can find a second purpose; their long handles and narrow dimensions make them perfect for clearing gutters.
Make sure that you clean your downspouts and gutters at least a couple of times per year to prevent costly damage to your home. Overflowing gutters can actually cause water to leak onto interior walls, and gutters clogged with pounds of wet leaves may buckle under the weight. This is especially important in autumn, when leaves are shedding rapidly from the trees.
Ok – here it is! Our first North Shore Home Services blog. I’m not even sure really how to do it, but I have been told by the powers that be (“they” are looking over my shoulder as I type this) that this blog is required in the new world order of today’s progressive business owner. (obviously I fought this as long as I could)
I’ve been told to answer the above question with my wealth of knowledge and vast years of experience.
The most common statement I hear from home owners is, “I don’t need my gutters cleaned – the leaves haven’t fallen yet!”
I mean – I know that is true in most cases- and yes when the leaves fall – you need to clean out your gutters. Most of the leaves have generally fallen off most trees in Metro Vancouver sometime in November. I’ve always asked myself, however, – isn’t the purpose of your rain water system – whether it is a traditional gutter system or some type of roof drain system – to actually work when it rains?
I mean yes – the leaves start turning color in Metro Vancouver in late August and September and starting falling off the branches. It rains pretty much at will in Vancouver – but really the heavy rains that people in the majority of the world have not experienced is sometime in November, and if we are lucky ends by January, and on a bad year – ends sometime in June.
Murphy’s Law rules in my house and says my gutters will overflow sometime after dinner time on a dark rainy night just after I have sat down to enjoy a hockey game, or Amazing Race. (Doesn’t it always happen on a Sunday?)
Come on – we’ve all done it……..or thought about it…..
How many times have you climbed a ladder and found only a handful of leaves sitting right at your downpipe – clogging up the entire length of gutter. And as soon as you pull them out – your entire length of gutter drains like a flash flood?
So my point……….cleaning before the leaves fall might be a good idea, and maybe even again after they fall obviously depending on the amount of trees you have in your neighborhood. It might be the best 60 or 90 bucks you’ve ever spent.
What about all those trees that drop needles in your neighbors back yard?
Ooops sorry! – wrong picture!! That was a picture meant to send you to that happy place you like so much when it rains in November.
Anyways – back to the blog: You don’t think every time we have a month of June where it seems to rain and be windy every day that a handful of needles aren’t floating through the air and over your fence and into your gutter?
And what about all you naysayers on lower Lonsdale or in East Vancouver who say “I have no trees around – I don’t need to have my gutters cleaned!”
Alright – good point……….
Let me show you a picture:
Roof before we cleaned – yes there is a roof drain in this picture!
This picture was taken off a flat roof of a customer of ours in Lower Lonsdale who had no trees around and couldn’t figure out why he was having leaking problems inside his walls after every heavy rainfall warning.
Multiple dollars spent on leak detection companies checking his windows and doors did not solve anything. $ 120.00 was all he spent to have us air blow his roof off. I advised him in the future to maybe just get it done a bit more regularly next time instead of another round of drywall repairs.
I have run across every situation while cleaning gutters out. A real common problem is peanuts. Your neighbor feeds the squirrels and somehow has trained them to eat them on your roof. Birds, specifically crows love to go through your garbage and take the plastic bags to a safe position on your roof to go through lunch. I’ve found tennis balls, big acorns, and beer cans? I’ve found birds nests, and with birds nests come with lots of bird droppings – enough to clog gutters. This is a family show, so I won’t tell you have found up there. All this in gutters in places where there are “no trees”.
Again – a pretty inexpensive problem to solve and this should be one of those routine maintenance things you work into your home maintenance plan. It’s way cheaper to clean your gutters than to pay for the repairs that overflowing gutters can cause.
I personally recommend this cleaning schedule:
A) A thorough cleaning and flush with water in November including clearing off any loose debris including needles and leaves off your roof.
B) Another light cleaning and just checking roof and gutter drains sometime late December before the Holidays or even in early January if you forget.
C) Have your gutters checks in April sometime – what is it again – April showers bring May flowers?
D) A light check up of roof and gutter drains in August to make sure everything is ready for the rains that come every winter.
That’s my take.
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