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Home Inspection Spotlight: Rain Gutters

This time of year, the weather in North Texas can be pretty unpredictable, to say the least. When there is Big Texas Weather, you need your home to be performing at its best. Rain gutters are one of those things that you don't pay much attention to unless they're not doing their job. These handy devices are meant to help rain flow away from your house and keep from collecting places you don't want it. 

Because they can go unnoticed, lots of folks forget to maintain their rain gutters, which in our business means that rain gutters come up on a lot of inspection reports. Here are some particularly egregious examples:

Apparently we have a secret rooftop smoker? This habit isn't just bad for their lungs. Seriously, that's a lot of butts, though.

On this new construction house, the rain gutter were pristine...almost. Seems like a weird place to be eating wings, but to each their own.

In this shot you can see that the leaves (and the BEER) have begun to plug up the gutter, and the water doesn't have anywhere to go. Eventually, it will overflow the gutter sending buckets of water below and possibly pulling away from the roof.  But seriously, who are all these people smoking, drinking and snacking on their roofs?

You know it's been too long since you cleaned out your rain gutter, when A TREE IS GROWING IN IT. As the leaves are falling and storm winds blow debris from your trees and yard across your roof, make sure you take the time to clean out your gutters, or hire a service to do it for you. Working gutters help prevent pooling, flooding, soil erosion and water damage.

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