Haus Schwatz: Cati's DC Real Estate


The Endless Gutter Clutter

Original source: DChouseCat--Over And Over Again



It's no fun, and one of those endlessly repeating things a homeowner has to put up with.  But it’s so important that I will preach it here again: Clean out your gutters!

If the gutters on your house look like the one on my garage here in the picture, you should actually clean them out NOW! At least in our area, the trees are pretty much done shedding--even the annual leaf collection and cutter trucks have finally passed through most of our streets.

If there was only one thing I have learned from the many home inspections I have attended, it would be the fact that packed, broken, loose or blocked gutters and down spouts are a major reason for water collecting around house foundations and, as a result, wet basements. They’re also often responsible for water intrusion around windows; they cause wet and moldy walls and rotten woodwork.

If you are a home owner, chances are that you know all this, but you might still forget about it. Don’t! Go outside right now and think about what your gutters are going to do (or not) in the next heavy rain.  As I said, keeping them free is no fun, and it can even be expensive if you live in a larger house, but it's really that important!

© 2012, Catarina Bannier


Comment balloon 4 commentsCatarina Bannier • November 30 2011 03:19PM


Cleaning the gutters is such a hassle too, but someone out there will do it for you, so that should never be an excuse. Thank you for the reminder though, leaves are still coming down around us and I told Bud the other day we better check the gutters. Better put that "to-do" as a "to-day"

Posted by Bud & Beth McKinney, Cary/Raleigh/Apex NC - The Team That Cares, RE/MAX United (RE/MAX UNITED) about 7 years ago

Hi Beth, I finally had mine cleaned yesterday, so i'm no longer a hypocrite! And i'm sure you have nicer weather down there--enjoy the fall as long as you can... 

Posted by Catarina Bannier, DC Real Estate The Smart And Fun Way (Compass) about 7 years ago

Wise words, Cati! 

Posted by Marcie Sandalow, Bethesda Chevy Chase DC real estate (Marcie Sandalow, Compass 301.758.4894 ) about 7 years ago

Thanks, Marcie :-) Don't we wish they'd actually listen to us--all the time, that is? So much inspection pain could be avoided...

Posted by Catarina Bannier, DC Real Estate The Smart And Fun Way (Compass) about 7 years ago