Going with the flow!
It is mid-July and we are in the season of those annoying “pop-up” thunderstorms that seem to make their way into every weather forecast we hear on a daily basis. In technical meteorological terms, that means it might not rain for two weeks in your location or it might pour an inch in 5 minutes, three times in one day!
How is your home or more specifically your gutters handling this onslaught of water when it occurs? Is the water flowing out of your downspouts away from your home as it should, or is it bubbling up and out over the top of your gutters then flowing off the roof where it can make a path through the debris down onto the ground in strange places all the way around your home?
Keeping your gutters clean is not a job most people enjoy, however it is an integral part of protecting your home. Clogged gutters could cause multiple issues starting with damage to the roof of your home and interior and exterior walls if water is back-flowing up under shingles. You could also experience damage to your foundation and basement or crawl space if water is flowing out of the top of gutters and down beside the foundation rather than being directed down and away from your home. Gutters and downspouts clogged with leaves, maple “helicopters”, pine needles or other debris can also provide a nice nesting ground for all sorts of insects, small rodents and even mold build-up if the water isn’t flowing properly. These problems can be compounded as the weather turns cold and wet debris freezes.
How often should you clean your gutters? Ideally, you should inspect them twice a year when you get your HVAC unit checked. However, that number could be higher or lower depending on how many trees are in your yard and whether or not you have any type of gutter guards or screens installed. If your roof is low enough and you feel safe on a ladder, you could tackle this quick weekend project on your own. However, leaving the job to a professional is also a very safe option and is usually not that costly. Whichever option you choose, be sure to monitor your gutters throughout the year for signs of problems in order to head off more expensive repairs and keep the water flowing!
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Jarod Tamlsley 615.403.8265
Brentview Realty 615.373.2814
Posted on 07/22/2020 6:18 AM by jarod tanksley
Celebrating at Home...
Celebrating at Home!
This weekend as we celebrate our country’s birthday, we recognize this as the unofficial mid-point of summer with lots of fun still to come! Family and friends will be gathering together to enjoy the holiday and if you are hosting at your home, you probably want to tidy up the patio or deck area and show your outdoor furniture a little love before the guests arrive. By this time of summer you have been cutting grass regularly which means the outdoor furniture and everything near it may be a bit dusty, not to mention the pollen which is in great supply on every surface this year!
There are many types of cleaning products available and each has a specific use. Take a look at the manufacturer’s cleaning recommendations for your furniture and start with the mildest products that will get the job done. Sometimes giving furniture a quick wipe with a damp cloth or vacuuming the cushions may be all that is needed to freshen the look with little effort. If the cleaning project is more involved with stains or other issues, making a mixture of a few teaspoons of mild dishwashing soap and water in a spray bottle can be used to spot clean or used for larger areas along with a good rinse with a hose. You may have to ramp up the cleaning solution to oil-based soaps, ammonia or even some bleach based on the issue or material to be cleaned. Always test the cleaning product in a small, inconspicuous spot with whatever cleaning product you choose to be certain it won’t damage the item and choose non-abrasive cloths, brushes and sponges for your project so you don’t damage the furniture or fabric’s finish.
Once cleaned and dry, if appropriate, you may want to use a spray fabric protector product on cushions to help lessen the effort needed to clean in the future. If you have wooden furniture you may want to consider a light sanding and application of a natural oil, stain, paint or UV protectant as recommended by the manufacturer to refresh and protect against outside elements especially if the furniture is stored outside over winter.
By taking a little time for some mid-season outdoor maintenance now, you will be party-ready and be able to enjoy the holiday and the rest of the summer!
Wishing you and your family a Happy Independence Day!
Jarod Tanksley 615.403.8265
Brentview Realty 615.373.2814
Posted on 07/02/2020 4:51 PM by jarod tanksley