Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 by Office
Here comes spring and the homeowners in Washington DC are starting to assess the damage caused by one of the worst winters in recent history. Of course, you’ll want to make sure that your house is still weather proof so attend to any issues that you detect now. You’ll want to be prepared for summer and fall and there’s another winter right around the corner after that.
The "U.S. Housing Affordability Analysis," study, conducted by RealtyTrac.com (an authority source for comprehensive real estate data), revealed that homeowners spend an average of 0.40% of their home’s cost each year on maintenance -- or roughly $2,000 annually on a $500,000 house. The lesson that can be gleaned here is: It’s worth spending a small amount of cash now on a minor problem like a cracked shingle or a small dent in the gutter in order to prevent the expense of a major project like a full on gutter installation in Washington DC; that will surely cost far more than $2,000.
That’s why most spring cleaning advice would not be complete without telling you to go up the ladder and deal with your gutter, as this article suggested:
Clean out your gutters
Easy to put off, but don't: cleaning your gutters every spring will keep them working like they're supposed to, and prevent water damage to your home. First, clean the downspout, removing any twigs, leaves and dirt. Flush out any other debris with water. If this doesn't do the trick, use the full power and force of drainage rods. Then, working away from any down pipe, use a trowel to scrape the gutter clean and lift out any debris: check it's flowing well with no leaks by pouring a bucket of water into the guttering.
If you find yourself powerless to do such a task, get the services of Maggio Roofing, a professional contractor for cleaning gutters in Washington DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia. They will have your gutters and roof surface cleared of leaves and other debris. Remember that as these decompose, they will take your home along the path to decay. There is no point delaying; check our their website at www.maggioroofing.com to fill out contact form.
(Article Excerpt from Interiors: order in the house – a spring clean to-do list, theguardian.com)