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Leaves in the Gutters? Clean ‘Em Up!

Lincoln Park Rain Gutter Full of Leaves Being Cleaned OutThe moment autumn arrives, and the leaves begin to fall, this can often imply that gutters are clogged with debris. To keep your Lincoln Park rental property in splendid condition every year, it is vital to make cleaning gutters a normal part of your property maintenance routine. But who should be responsible to clean them out? You may imagine that asking your tenant to carry out the job may seem like a smart idea; however, there are important reasons why you should not have them perform regular gutter maintenance. In spite of the way that they give off an impression of being fit for what they are doing, asking a tenant to clean your rental property’s gutters could lead to serious injury or property damage, both of which could result in expensive problems later.

Functioning gutters are an essential part of preventing expensive repairs. Overflowing gutters can lead to damaged foundations, roofs, and other structural elements of the property. They can similarly attract insects and other pests, plus some other health hazards like mold. When gutters are not cleaned habitually, they can prompt serious complications that you might not be able to see until it’s too late.

Cleaning gutters is not a difficult task, yet it requires a whole lot of time and cautious awareness of how to do it successfully.  The right equipment is required, and proper safety procedures should be observed. Most gutters can be cleaned with a ladder, hose or sprayer, and a trowel or plastic scoop. By means of these tools, you can easily remove large debris from the gutters to keep water flowing in the right direction. It’s important to make sure that you move debris away from the downspout and check vertical pieces of the gutter for blockages. Flushing these parts with a hose can be quite effective in most cases. Other methodologies may use a power washer to get the more stubborn dirt out of gutters and downspouts but must be used with care or risk damaging the gutters or even the house itself.

This is part of why asking your tenant to perform gutter maintenance is not a good idea. Your tenant may have no idea about how to clean a gutter without damaging it, or even without causing damage to the roof, siding, and other areas of the house. Even tenants who have just well-meaning goals may accidentally cause damage that will be expensive to repair. Similarly, if a tenant cleans the gutters but makes a not exactly amazing job of it, you may not realize that there is a problem for months or even years. Assuming the job has been done correctly could cost you months or even years down the road.

One more point to consider is your tenant’s health and safety. To reach the gutters, it is often necessary to use a ladder and other equipment notorious for causing accidents and injuries. By one estimate, there are more than 36,000 deaths from falling off ladders in the United States every year. Ladder-related injuries are even higher, with more than 164,000 accidents reported annually. With such huge dangers included, it is definitely not a good idea to ask your tenant to get on a ladder to perform property maintenance on your rental. Should they fall and hurt themselves, you could be sued and found liable to pay their medical and legal expenses.

Cleaning the gutters on your rental property once or twice a year can help keep your tenants safe and prevent expensive repairs. Whether you do it without any other person’s assistance or contract a specialist to do it for you, the time and costs included are little compared to the consequences for not ensuring your gutters are properly maintained. At Real Property Management Chicago Edge, we include regular gutter maintenance with our other quality property maintenance services in Lincoln Park. With our assistance, you will have more time to focus on the more valuable aspects of your real estate investing business. For more information, contact us or call us at 773-904-7700 today.

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