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Lake Oswego Real Estate How Often Do You Need To Clean Gutters In Lake Oswego?

In literally a blink of an eye, our Summer here in Lake Oswego was over and the rains, heavy rains and thunderstorms at that, have already started.  It is definitely Fall in Lake Oswego!https://lakeoswegorealestateblog.wordpress.com/

Like many Lake Oswego real estate agents, I have certain vendors I use for not only my own home maintenance, but also as referrals to my buyers and sellers.

Today, my roof/gutter contractor sent me a reminder to schedule my gutter/roof cleaning. In the past I was always confused as to how often or when to get that maintenance done on my own home.

How Often Do You Need To Clean Gutters In Lake Oswego?

WHY DO I NEED TO CLEAN MY GUTTERS?

It helps to understand why you have gutters. The gutters collect rain from your roof and prevent the rain from falling off the edge of your roof next to your foundation. 95% of moisture and water intrusion in crawl spaces and basements can be traced to clogged gutters.

The water from the gutters passes through a pre-manufactured hole in your gutter called an outlet. These outlets can be of varied sizes, which directly impacts how much water can flow through the outlet at any one time. The outlet goes into the downspout.

The function of the downspout is to funnel the water that the gutter has collected and released through the outlet to a drain system (or water barrel or location) that carries the water away from your foundation. It may lead to a storm drain system or the downspout may empty on the ground several feet away from your foundation.

The critical part in all this is that the water stays away from your foundation, so that the crawl space or basement stay dry. So you clean your gutters to prevent mold, mildew, dry rot, flooding, and property damage that results from having water under your house. It is a health issue (mold and mildew), a structural issue (dry rot and foundation) and a financial issue (flood restoration, mold remediation and rebuilding). These are all expensive, and all can be prevented by investing in the routine maintenance of cleaning your gutters a couple times a year.

MY GUTTERS SEEM CLEAN, WHY ARE THEY OVERFLOWING?

Several things can cause gutters to overflow, even if they look clean. Your downspout may be clogged; your in-ground drain system might be clogged; your roof configuration may cause the water to shoot past the gutters in heavy rains; your outlets might be too small. Sometimes, not often, it just rains so hard that your perfectly functional gutter system can’t handle the volume of water.

HOW MANY TIMES PER YEAR SHOULD MY GUTTERS BE CLEANED?

It depends.

No Trees:

If you don’t have any trees around your house or within a few hundred feet of your house, you should plan to clean your gutters about every other year, just to make sure that roof gravel or other debris is not building up in your gutters. The roof gravel will eventually clog your drain system.

Deciduous Trees–twice (maybe three times) a year:

If you have deciduous trees around or near your house (that means the leaves fall off in the fall and re-grow in the spring), you should clean your gutters twice a year.

First in the Spring/Summer after all the leaves and blossoms are done blooming. This will get the debris that comes from the growing leaves and blossoms out of your gutters, leaving them clear for when the first Fall rains come, but the leaves haven’t fallen off the trees yet.

If you don’t do the Spring/Summer cleaning, all that debris will be up there, and cause your downspouts to clog and require service before the leaves fall off, leaving you frustrated that you have to get your gutters cleaned twice in quick succession.

Second cleaning should be in the Fall/Winter to get most of the fallen leaves out of the gutters, and you will be good until the Spring/Summer Cleaning. When you do the Spring/Summer Cleaning, you can usually wait for most of the leaves to fall off in the Fall before you clean your gutters. You don’t have to wait for the last leaf to fall in order to get the most value. It’s not the last 10% or 15% of the leaves that usually cause the problem, it’s the first 85%!

If trees surround your house, you may need to clean three times a year: Spring, Fall, and Winter.

Coniferous Trees–three times a year:

If you have coniferous (evergreen) trees around your house, you will likely need to have your gutters cleaned three times a year. If you have Douglas Fir trees around your house, experience teaches that the best times to clean are November, February and May. That will keep the needles and berries sufficiently out of your gutter system to protect your home.

If you have several Douglas Firs, you may want to ask us about the most effective downspout screens to install. The idea is to keep the needles and berries out of your downspouts and drain system. Conifers basically shed needles all year long, with peak needle sheds coming when the weather changes. The needles must be kept away from your drain system so that it can continue to move the water away from your foundation.

Home Maintenance Schedule

If you need a roof maintenance and/or gutter cleaning contractor, I have a great one and would be happy to share his name/number with you.  I hope this helps you as much as it has helped me.  Today I scheduled my roof/gutter cleaning, have you?

Source:  Action Roofing

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Thinking of Selling Your Lake Oswego Home?

Interest rates are still low and there is still a huge pool of buyer demand. Buyers are ready and willing to purchase your home. Call me at 503-804-9685 if you are thinking of making a move.

Moving to Lake Oswego?

Want to know more about Lake Oswego? I’d love to be your buyer’s agent, please give me a call at 503-804-9685.

Having worked in Lake Oswego as a Real Estate Broker since 1978 and lived in Lake Oswego since 1988, I know all the neighborhoods. I am ready to assist you with all your real estate needs! “There is no substitute for experience.”

ALL ABOUT…..Lake Oswego Real Estate. Copyright 2008-2017. Betty Jung. All Rights Reserved. Use of this article, photos and images without permission is a violation of Federal copyright laws.

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Lake Oswego Real Estate Decorating With The Color of The Year

Oregon is decorated with this color.  One only has to look at our beautiful scenery to see the million shades of green and one of the many reasons Oregon has been the #1 destination where people move to for many years in a row. Will this color be included in your decorating this year?

How to Incorporate Greenery without Breaking the Bank

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Maybe it was partially inspired by Kermit the Frog, following the 2016 Evil Kermit meme that went viral. Or more realistically, maybe it has to do with houseplants becoming a recent interior design trend. Whatever the reason, a particular shade of green is officially 2017’s “it” color: specifically, Pantone recently named “Greenery” as its Color of the Year.

Pantone describes the color as “a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.”

If you’re a fan of the color and like to stay on top of interior home trends, here are some inexpensive ideas to decorate with it around the house.

Accent Walls and Art

Sometimes all a room needs is a pop of color. One simple way to make a statement is with a greenery-colored accent wall. If you want something a bit subtler, you can always skip the paint and opt for some unique wall art instead. There’s a variety of tapestries and photo and painting prints on canvas that you can hang. Check out this print or this tapestry, for example.

Dinnerware Sets

If you don’t want to commit to green cabinets or bar stools in your kitchen, consider buying a greenery-inspired dinnerware set. Wayfair offers different options in a variety of sizes.

Plants

As mentioned earlier, decorating around the house with plants is a popular trend. It makes sense when you think about it: plants add a nice touch of color and are a breath of fresh air. Snake plants, spider plants and lucky bamboo are just a few examples of some inexpensive and low maintenance options.

Throw Pillows, Rugs and Blankets

Brighten up your living room with greenery throw pillows, a rug, or a blanket. There are all kinds of patterns and designs to choose from, including ones with prints on theme. Check out these pillows from Zazzle.

Bath Towels and Shower Curtains

If your bathroom could use some greenery, updating your towel set is an easy option that doesn’t have to cost much money. Or if your shower curtain is outdated, you can change it out for a newer, greener one.

In need of some additional inspiration? You could always stay at this entirely greenery-inspired Airbnb for some ideas.

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Thinking of Selling Your Lake Oswego Home?

Interest rates are still low and there is still a huge pool of buyer demand. I have ready, willing and able buyers ready to purchase your condo or townhouse. Call me at 503-804-9685 if you are thinking of making a move.

Moving to Lake Oswego?

Want to know more about Lake Oswego? I’d love to be your buyer’s agent, please give me a call at 503-804-9685.

Having worked in Lake Oswego as a Real Estate Broker since 1978 and lived in Lake Oswego since 1988, I know all the neighborhoods. I am ready to assist you with all your real estate needs! “There is no substitute for experience.”

ALL ABOUT…..Lake Oswego Real Estate. Copyright 2008-2017. Betty Jung. All Rights Reserved. Use of this article, photos and images without permission is a violation of Federal copyright laws.

Do you have an updated smoke alarm?

Lake Oswego Real Estate Free Smoke Alarm Installation

The American Red Cross launched a national campaign to reduce the number of fire deaths and injuries by 25% over the next five years.lakeoswegorealeststateblog.wordpress.com

  • Fire related deaths and injuries are highest in homes without smoke alarms.
  • Last year the Red Cross responded to nearly two home fires each day in our areas.
  • More than 60% of fire deaths occur in homes without a working smoke alarm.
  • Fire experts agree that people may have as little as 2 minutes to escape a burning home before it’s too late to get out.

When you sell your home, you need to have an updated fire alarm.  Get your free smoke alarm(s) installed by Red Cross volunteers.

  • Call 503-528-5783 to schedule an appointment
  • Email: preparedness@redcross.org
  • Complete on-line form at redcross.org/cascadeshfpc.  Residents will receive an appointment window.

For more information about the Home Fire Campaign or to volunteer for this important outreach effort, visit redcross.org/cascadeshfpc

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Thinking of Selling Your Lake Oswego Home?

Prices have slowed since July in Lake Oswego and you may want to know the value of your home in today’s Lake Oswego real estate market. Interest rates are still low and there is still a huge pool of buyer demand. I have ready, willing and able buyers ready to purchase your home. Call me at 503-804-9685 if you are thinking of making a move.

Moving to Lake Oswego?

Want to know more about Lake Oswego? I’d love to be your buyer’s agent, please give me a call at 503-804-9685.

I have worked in Lake Oswego as a Real Estate Broker since 1975 and have lived in Lake Oswego since 1988 and know all the neighborhoods. I am ready to assist you with all your real estate needs! “There is no substitute for experience.”

ALL ABOUT…..Lake Oswego Real Estate. Copyright 2008-2017. Betty Jung. All Rights Reserved. Use of this article, photos and images without permission is a violation of Federal copyright laws.

You’ll be ready for winter’s worst and head off pricey repairs with these simple preventative tasks from House Logic:http://bjung.com/houselogic

#1 Stow Your Mower

If you’re not familiar with fuel stabilizer, get to know it. If your mower sits for months with gas in its tank, the gas will slowly deteriorate, which can damage internal engine parts. Fuel stabilizer ($10 for a 10-ounce bottle) prevents gas from degrading.Add stabilizer to your gasoline can to keep spare gas in good condition over the winter, and top off your mower tank with stabilized gas before you put it away for the winter. Run the mower for five minutes to make sure the stabilizer reaches the carburetor.

Another lawn mower care method is to run your mower dry before stowing it.

1. When the mower is cool, remove the spark plug and pour a capful of engine oil into the spark plug hole.

2. Pull the starter cord a couple of times to distribute the oil, which keeps pistons lubricated and ensures an easy start come spring.

3. Turn the mower on its side and clean out accumulated grass and gunk from the mower deck.

#2 Don’t Be a Drip

Remove garden hoses from outdoor faucets. Leaving hoses attached can cause water to back up in the faucets and in the plumbing pipes just inside your exterior walls. If freezing temps hit, that water could freeze, expand, and crack the faucet or pipes. Make this an early fall priority so a sudden cold snap doesn’t sneak up and cause damage.

Turn off any shutoff valves on water supply lines that lead to exterior faucets. That way, you’ll guard against minor leaks that may let water enter the faucet.

While you’re at it, drain garden hoses and store them in a shed or garage.

#3 Put Your Sprinklers to Sleep

Time to drain your irrigation system. Even buried irrigation lines can freeze, leading to busted pipes and broken sprinkler heads.

  1. Turn off the water to the system at the main valve.
  2. Shut off the automatic controller.
  3. Open drain valves to remove water from the system.
  4. Remove any above-ground sprinkler heads and shake the water out of them, then replace.

If you don’t have drain valves, then hire an irrigation pro to blow out the systems pipes with compressed air. A pro is worth the $75 to $150 charge to make sure the job is done right, and to ensure you don’t have busted pipes and sprinkler head repairs to make in the spring.

#4 Seal the Deal

Grab a couple of tubes of color-matched exterior caulk ($5 for a 12-ounce tube) and make a journey around your home’s exterior, sealing up cracks between trim and siding, around window and door frames, and where pipes and wires enter your house. Preventing moisture from getting inside your walls is one of the least expensive — and most important — of your fall maintenance jobs. You’ll also seal air leaks that waste energy.

Pick a nice day when temps are above 50 degrees so caulk flows easily.

#5 De-Gunk Your Gutters

Clogged rain gutters can cause ice dams, which can lead to expensive repairs. After the leaves have fallen, clean your gutters to remove leaves, twigs, and gunk. Make sure gutters aren’t sagging and trapping water; tighten gutter hangers and downspout brackets. Replace any worn or damaged gutters and downspouts.

If you find colored grit from asphalt roof shingles in your gutters, beware. That sand-like grit helps protect shingles from the damaging ultraviolet rays of the sun. Look closely for other signs of roof damage (#5, below); it may be time for a roofing replacement.

Your downspouts should extend at least 5 feet away from your house to prevent foundation problems. If they don’t, add downspout extensions; $10 to $20 each.

#6 Eyeball Your Roof

If you have a steep roof or a multistory house, stay safe and use binoculars to inspect your roof from the ground.

Look for warning signs: Shingles that are buckled, cracked, or missing; rust spots on flashing. Any loose, damaged, or missing shingles should be replaced immediately.

Black algae stains are just cosmetic, but masses of moss and lichen could signal roofing that’s decayed underneath. Call in a pro roofer for a $50 to $100 eval.

A plumbing vent stack usually is flashed with a rubber collar — called a boot — that may crack or loosen over time. They’ll wear out before your roof does, so make sure they’re in good shape. A pro roofer will charge $75 to $150 to replace a boot, depending on how steep your roof is.

#7 Direct Your Drainage

Take a close look at the soil around your foundation and make sure it slopes away from your house at least 6 vertical inches over 10 feet. That way, you’ll keep water from soaking the soils around your foundation, which could lead to cracks and leaks.

Be sure soil doesn’t touch your siding.

#8 Check Your Furnace

Schedule an appointment with a heating and cooling pro to get your heating system checked and tuned up for the coming heating season. You’ll pay $50 to $100 for a checkup.

An annual maintenance contract ensures you’re at the top of the list for checks and shaves 20% off the cost of a single visit.

Change your furnace filters, too. This is a job you should do every two months anyway, but if you haven’t, now’s the time. If your HVAC includes a built-in humidifier, make sure the contractor replaces that filter.

#9 Prune Plants

Late fall is the best time to prune plants and trees — when the summer growth cycle is over. Your goal is to keep limbs and branches at least 3 feet from your house so moisture won’t drip onto roofing and siding, and to prevent damage to your house exterior during high winds.

For advice on pruning specific plants in your region, check with your state extension service.

#10 Give Your Fireplace a Once-Over

To make sure your fireplace is safe, grab a flashlight and look up inside your fireplace flue to make sure the damper opens and closes properly. Open the damper and look up into the flue to make sure it’s free of birds’ nests, branches and leaves, or other obstructions. You should see daylight at the top of the chimney.

Check the firebox for cracked or missing bricks and mortar. If you spot any damage, order a professional fireplace and chimney inspection. An inspection costs $79 to $500.

You fireplace flue should be cleaned of creosote buildup every other year. A professional chimney sweep will charge $150 to $250 for the service.

Maintenance on a regular basis is a huge step towards eliminating, or minimizing, costly home repairs.

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Summa Pacific Cascade
4949 Meadows Rd. #100
Lake Oswego, Oregon 97035

Licensed in the State of Oregon

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