If you want to keep water damage from happening to your home, then keeping your gutters properly maintained is the biggest thing you can do to accomplish this. Gutters have one purpose, and that is get water away from your home’s foundation, which maintains the structural integrity of your home. However, for gutters to do this, they have to stay in good condition, free of sags, holes, and clogs.
The very first step in saving money on common gutter repairs is preventing them. A semiannual inspection is a common recommendation in many areas. Typically these inspections happen in the spring and fall. However, areas with frequent or severe precipitation, such as northern states with a lot of snow or ice, or any area that gets abundant rain, might need to check things out more often. Arid climates or regions might get away with checking less frequently, as can places where leaves and foliage debris might not be clogging hazards.
These routine inspections are good times to also clean out gutters, as just keeping gutters clean and free prevents most issues. The inspections can also be done by gutter professionals or the homeowners themselves, as the task and indication checklists are widely available online and easy to follow. So while having a gutter professional can mean not having to do it yourself, a gutter inspection does not actually take that long.
Should you have a professional inspection anyway, you don’t necessarily need to have them fix everything that they find. As important as gutters are to the safety and structural integrity of a home, they are actually rather simple in their design and function. Many of the repairs a professional might recommend are things you can look up and research online and then do yourself. Pretty much everything you need is available at your local home improvement or hardware store.
A gutter professional will likely try and convince you he should just handle such matters right then and there, but you can let him know that you might look into it on your own, or that you’ll shop around for other contractors. That can often get the gutter professional to offer a discount or deal to get your business while they still can. If they do call your bluff, don’t let it be a bluff. Handle the matters on your own or shop around.
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