The hot maintenance job this past month has been gutters and rental property gutter cleaning needs, according to Keepe’s maintenance folks out in the field.
With the fall leaf season fast approaching, Keepe has been receiving of calls from single-family and multifamily rental homeowners concerned about overflowing gutters.
The majority of these calls are coming from the Pacific Northwest, including Seattle and Portland.
In this brief article, we will share signs that your rental property gutters need cleaning, and several tips on how to properly accomplish the task before fall.
Signs That Your Gutters Need Cleaning
Rainwater Is overflowing
One of the major reasons to have gutters is to drain water from the roof and channel it away from the foundation. This also helps prevent your roof from holding excessive moisture that could lead to the rotting of its wooden parts.
However, when your gutter is filled with debris or wooden particles, it becomes difficult for it to control the water and even channel it away from your property.
Presence of algae and debris
Algae, debris, and dirt are most likely to find their way to your rental property gutters one way or the other. If you notice the presence of birds and critters, you may want to check if there is debris in your gutter.
Failure to clean your gutter of algae and debris may lead to mold growth, which can damage the exterior area of your home.
Stagnant water around the foundation
Your foundation is the anchor that holds your home to the ground and prevents moisture or even flood water from getting in. But a clogged gutter can cause severe damage to your foundation if not cleaned properly and early.
If you notice a pool of standing water around your foundation, it could be caused by gutters not working property.
Stains on your siding
If you notice any form of stains or streaks on your siding, it may be time to get your gutters checked and cleaned. This is because when your gutter is clogged with debris and leaves, water is not able to flow properly, causing it to seep into the siding.
Should I Hire A Professional To Clean My Rental Property Gutters Amid Covid-19 Pandemic?
While you may be able to handle minor gutter cleaning, you should consider hiring a professional company to handle bigger jobs. This will help you get the job done on time and correctly the first time.
Most importantly, with the coronavirus pandemic and social distancing ruled, a professional will adhere to local health rules. Our professionals do not need to set foot inside your property to handle renter property gutters and cleaning.
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