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Yesterday, I was reminded how important one of our State Laws is in regards to homeowners/renters and that lives are being saved because of it.

Lake Oswego Real Estate Law To Protect You

Two incidents occurred yesterday, on the same day, and many lives were saved as a result of this law.  The law was officially put in place in 2009.

What I am referring to is the law that homes need to have Carbon Monoxide Detectors – the COAlarmLaw.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors

These two incidents happened on the same day:

  • On my way to an appointment for a home inspection, I stopped off at my local dry cleaners.  The gal there told me how they had to evacuate their home the night before due to their carbon monoxide detector alarm going off.  Thankfully it went off, because the firefighters told her that their carbon monoxide detector was on its last leg and would be expiring within a couple of days.  Had it been a couple more days, they probably would not have been warned, and the consequences could have been dire.
  • Right after going to the dry cleaners, I went on to my home inspection for a sale pending I have.  Once there, almost the same thing happened.  During the home inspection, the inspector found gas fumes and carbon monoxide entering the home.  The inspector immediately shut off the gas.  He too said that the CO Alarm would be expiring in under 30 days and again, those sellers might not have received a warning to leave the home due to deadly fumes and toxins.

You may remember recently an entire family died in Mexico because of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Expiration Dates For Carbon Monoxide Detectors

What I never knew until yesterday was that the Carbon Monoxide Detectors have expiration dates just like smoke alarms.  Some expire in 5 years, others 8 to 10 years.  The law I posted above doesn’t mention that they expire.

If you purchased a home after 2009, you may be facing a potential risk with deadly results if you don’t have a functioning carbon monoxide detector.  Yours could have already expired by now or will shortly. It is really important for you to check the expiration date for your carbon monoxide detector.

For a minimal price, you could be saving your own life and your family.

Thinking of Selling Your Lake Oswego Home?

Prices are increasing at a fast pace in Lake Oswego. Interest rates are still low and there is a huge pool of buyer demand. I have ready, willing and able buyers ready to purchase your home. If you want to know the value of your home in today’s real estate market, please call me at 503-804-9685.

SEARCH FOR REAL ESTATE

There are links above to search for real estate.  I have a new website where you can search or you can use my mobile phone app as well. My website and mobile app provide you with access to all listings available on the RMLS™ system regardless of who the listing agent or brokerage may be. Listings are updated frequently throughout the day giving you the information you need, when you need it.

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 1978 and have lived in Lake Oswego since 1988 and know all the neighborhoods! The real estate market is “hot” here in the Portland metro area and Lake Oswego. 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 2008-2018. 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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Have you noticed some black stains on your siding due to our weather here in Lake Oswego?  Are you concerned about it? Have you checked the siding on your home?

Lake Oswego Real Estate Maintaining Your Siding

I have noticed some spots on my siding that I have been concerned about too although it isn’t too bad as yet. Today I received an email from my favorite vendor that addressed that issue so I thought I would share it with you too. This picture is of a home I recently saw that illustrates exactly what I am referring to. When was the last time you checked the siding on your home?Copyright bettyjung.com

Maintaining Your Siding

During last week’s slightly warmer weather, you may have been in your yard and noticed areas on your siding that looked dirty, or even black.  Especially on the north or other shady sides of your home. You can see photos of what I’m talking about (and after photos of clean siding) here: https://www.facebook.com/actioncleaningteam/posts/10155929638100399

We have been getting a number of calls about cleaning siding. Sometimes it’s because the HOA wants a clean-up. Sometimes people are worried about damage to siding.

What causes the black areas? It is usually the result of organic material (dirt and dust) adhering to the siding. This provides nutrients for mold, mildew and algae (which are airborne) to grow. Some of the molds and mildews can stain your siding.

Stains on some siding can be painted over after cleaning. Other types of siding, such as aluminum or vinyl have factory-applied coatings, and are not easily repainted. If these types of siding get stained, there is not much you can do about it.

Does the black stuff damage siding? From a structural standpoint, the damage is usually minimal. However, there are some good reasons to clean the black stuff off your home.

First, if you are part of an HOA, you may be required to do so.

Second, even if you aren’t part of an HOA, keeping the black stuff cleaned off will make your home look well-maintained, increasing its eventual re-sale value.

Third, keeping your home looking well-maintained may help keep your insurance rates from going up. We know that a lot of companies now require your roof to be clear of moss to remain insured. Some companies may take into account overall maintenance, as well.

Finally, it’s just nice to drive up to a nice, clean-looking home, and cleaning the exterior every so often helps with that feeling.

What are your options for cleaning your siding?

  • Most siding can be pressure washed. This should be done professionally, as improperly handled pressure washing has the potential to damage siding.
  • We often use our Gentle Wash process for siding, which is easier on the surface. It is a two-step process. First, we apply a pre-clean solution and let it soak on the siding. Then we rinse it off with a special nozzle that does not create as much pressure on your siding. This is a great option for almost any kind of siding.
  • If you have exposed wood siding, such as shakes, we recommend our Green Clean process using an oxygen-based cleaner to lift debris and then a low pressure water rinse.

Source:  Action Northwest

Thinking of Selling Your Lake Oswego Home?

Prices are increasing at a fast pace in Lake Oswego. Interest rates are still low and there is a huge pool of buyer demand. I have ready, willing and able buyers ready to purchase your home. If you want to know the value of your home in today’s real estate market, please call me at 503-804-9685.

SEARCH FOR REAL ESTATE

There are links above to search for real estate.  I have a new website where you can search or you can use my mobile phone app as well. My website and mobile app provide you with access to all listings available on the RMLS™ system regardless of who the listing agent or brokerage may be. Listings are updated frequently throughout the day giving you the information you need, when you need it.

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 1978 and have lived in Lake Oswego since 1988 and know all the neighborhoods! The real estate market is “hot” here in the Portland metro area and Lake Oswego. 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 2008-2018. Betty Jung. All Rights Reserved. Use of this article, photos and images without permission is a violation of Federal copyright laws.

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

 

SEARCH FOR REAL ESTATE

There are links above to search for real estate.  I have a new website where you can search or you can use my mobile phone app as well. My website and mobile app provide you with access to all listings available on the RMLS™ system regardless of who the listing agent or brokerage may be. Listings are updated frequently throughout the day giving you the information you need, when you need it.

Thinking of Selling Your Lake Oswego Home?

Prices are increasing at a fast pace in Lake Oswego. Interest rates are still low but are increasing, and there is still a huge pool of buyer demand. I have ready, willing and able buyers ready to purchase your home. If you want to know the value of your home in today’s real estate market, please call me at 503-804-9685.

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 1978 and have lived in Lake Oswego since 1988 and know all the neighborhoods! The real estate market is “hot” here in the Portland metro area and Lake Oswego. 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 2008-2018. Betty Jung. All Rights Reserved. Use of this article, photos and images without permission is in violation of federal copyright laws.

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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SEARCH FOR REAL ESTATE

There are links above to search for real estate.  I have a new website where you can search or you can use my mobile phone app as well. My website and mobile app provide you with access to all listings available on the RMLS™ system regardless of who the listing agent or brokerage may be. Listings are updated frequently throughout the day giving you the information you need, when you need it.

Thinking of Selling Your Lake Oswego Home?

Prices are increasing at a fast pace in Lake Oswego. Interest rates are still low but are increasing, and there is still a huge pool of buyer demand. I have ready, willing and able buyers ready to purchase your home. If you want to know the value of your home in today’s real estate market, please call me at 503-804-9685.

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 1978 and have lived in Lake Oswego since 1988 and know all the neighborhoods! The real estate market is “hot” here in the Portland metro area and Lake Oswego. 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 2008-2018. Betty Jung. All Rights Reserved. Use of this article, photos and images without permission is in 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

 

SEARCH FOR REAL ESTATE

There are links above to search for real estate.  I have a new website where you can search or you can use my mobile phone app as well. My website and mobile app provide you with access to all listings available on the RMLS™ system regardless of who the listing agent or brokerage may be. Listings are updated frequently throughout the day giving you the information you need, when you need it.

Thinking of Selling Your Lake Oswego Home?

Prices are increasing at a fast pace in Lake Oswego. Interest rates are still low but are increasing, and there is still a huge pool of buyer demand. I have ready, willing and able buyers ready to purchase your home. If you want to know the value of your home in today’s real estate market, please call me at 503-804-9685.

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 1978 and have lived in Lake Oswego since 1988 and know all the neighborhoods! The real estate market is “hot” here in the Portland metro area and Lake Oswego. 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 2008-2018. Betty Jung. All Rights Reserved. Use of this article, photos and images without permission is in 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:

#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.

Copyright © Betty Jung

SEARCH FOR REAL ESTATE

There are links above to search for real estate.  I have a new website where you can search or you can use my mobile phone app as well. My website and mobile app provide you with access to all listings available on the RMLS™ system regardless of who the listing agent or brokerage may be. Listings are updated frequently throughout the day giving you the information you need, when you need it.

Thinking of Selling Your Lake Oswego Home?

Prices are increasing at a fast pace in Lake Oswego. Interest rates are still low but are increasing, and there is still a huge pool of buyer demand. I have ready, willing and able buyers ready to purchase your home. If you want to know the value of your home in today’s real estate market, please call me at 503-804-9685.

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 1978 and have lived in Lake Oswego since 1988 and know all the neighborhoods! The real estate market is “hot” here in the Portland metro area and Lake Oswego. 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 2008-2018. Betty Jung. All Rights Reserved. Use of this article, photos and images without permission is in violation of federal copyright laws.

It’s Spring. Time to Replace Rain Gutters and Downspouts

If you are contemplating this Spring, you might take note on some of the recommendations below.

It's Spring. Time to Replace Gutters and Downspouts.lakeoswegorealestateblog.wordpress.com

By: Pat Curry

Replace missing gutters and downspouts to prevent serious siding and foundation damage that may cost you $10,000 or more to repair.

Your home may be your castle, but if you’re missing downspouts and sections of gutter, you’ll certainly have a moat where daisies once flourished. Excess water near your foundation risks thousands of dollars in foundation repairs. The good news is that gutter or downspout replacement only requires about $15 worth of materials and three to four hours of your time.

Cost of Replacement Gutters and Downspouts

You’ll find aluminum and vinyl gutter components surprisingly affordable. Here’s what to look for:

  • Home centers sell 10-foot sections of gutter for less than $8.
  • A 10-foot downspout costs you less than $13.
  • Clip-up downspout extenders that snap out of the way when mowing cost about $8.
  • Gutter sealant runs about $7 for a 10-ounce tube.
  • Buy additional hangers and clips ($2) — the damage may have occurred because there weren’t enough of them in the first place.
  • In some cases, you’ll also need some end caps ($7 per set), joint connectors ($6), and a box of self-tapping screws ($6).

How to Replace Missing Gutters

More often than not, an entire 10-foot section of gutter will be damaged or missing. Use a hacksaw and tin snips to cut shorter lengths of replacement gutter.

  • Grab two ladders and enlist a helper.
  • Remove any old joint connectors and scrape any sealant or gunk off the existing gutter.
  • Do a test fit with new joint connectors.
  • Fill the ends of the new joint connectors with sealant before installing the gutter.
  • Loosen adjacent hangers if needed to add the replacement section.
  • Add hangers every 3 feet. Confirm that the gutter is pitched toward the downspout at a slope of 1/4-inch for every 10 feet.

How to Add a Downspout

  • Fit the new downspout up into the drop outlet (the piece at the end of gutter that feeds into the downspout). Notice that the drop outlet fits inside the downspout section to contain the flow and keep the jointing from leaking.
  • Fasten the joint with two self-tapping gutter screws. Add additional sections as needed.
  • Finish the downspout with an elbow positioned at least 6 inches above grade.
  • Attach the downspout extender (it should extend at least 5 feet into your yard).

Adding All-New Gutters and Downspouts

If there are lots of missing or damaged pieces, you may decide it is time for a whole new set of gutters. Most residential gutters are made of lightweight and durable aluminum. Vinyl, galvanized steel, and even copper also are options.

Aluminum gutters can range from about $4.50 to $9.50 per linear foot installed. On a 2,000-square-foot house with about 180 linear feet of gutters, that’s roughly $800 to $1,700.

SEARCH FOR REAL ESTATE

There are links above to search for real estate.  Or, I have a new website where you can search or you can use my mobile phone app as well. My website and mobile app provide you with access to all listings available on the RMLS™ system regardless of who the listing agent or brokerage may be. Listings are updated frequently throughout the day giving you the information you need, when you need it.

Thinking of Selling Your Lake Oswego Home?

Prices are increasing at a fast pace in Lake Oswego. Interest rates are still low and there is a huge pool of buyer demand. I have ready, willing and able buyers ready to purchase your home. If you want to know the value of your home in today’s real estate market, please call me at 503-804-9685.

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 1978 and have lived in Lake Oswego since 1988 and know all the neighborhoods! The real estate market is “hot” here in the Portland metro area and Lake Oswego. 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 2008-2016. Betty Jung. All Rights Reserved. Use of this article, photos and images without permission is a violation of Federal copyright laws.

Contact Betty Jung

Betty Jung, Broker
REALTOR®
CRS, GRI, ABR, SRES, CNHSS

MORE Realty, Inc.
14945 SW Sequoia Parkway, #150
Portland, OR. 97224

503-804-9685 Cell

or email:betty@bettyjung.com

"Selling Real Estate Since 1978. There Is No Substitute For Experience!"

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