By Property Management Systems
PORTLAND, Ore. – November means two things. 1. Thanksgiving is right around the corner and 2. The rainy season is here. If you haven’t checked the rain gutters at your Portland Oregon Rental Property lately you should inspect them soon because rain gutters that haven’t been maintained for a while could cause water to pool around the foundation or on the roof of your rental property.
How to Check Rain Gutters
Tools Needed – If you plan on checking the rain gutters at your Portland Rental Property yourself you’re going to need a ladder, gloves, bucket, tube of caulking, putty knife, small hand shovel and hose.
Step 1 – Start at the back and work to the front of your rental property. Inspect the rain gutters, and use your small hand shovel to scoop out the “goop” or debris that you find in the rain gutters into your bucket. For safety purposes you should have someone with you, working as your spotter, to keep the ladder steady until you’re finished.
Step 2 – Once you’ve cleaned out all of the gutters you will then need to use your hose to rinse the gutters out and monitor the flow of water to make sure that there are not any leaks in your rain gutters. If you find leaks in any part of your rain gutters you will need to use your tube of caulking and putty knife to apply caulking and seal those leaky portions of the gutters.
Step 3 – After clearing the debris from your gutters and using your hose to make sure that they are draining properly you should next inspect all gutter spikes on your Portland Oregon Rental Property to make sure that they are still properly fastened to the fascia board of your rental. If you see that there are spikes that are not fastened to the fascia board you will need to carefully refasten those back into place.
Step 4 – Last of all, after you’ve cleaned out your gutters, and checked the gutter spikes, you should also review the gutter downspout to make sure that the water is draining away from your Portland Rental Property.
During the process of inspecting your gutters, you should also inspect your roof and look for signs of water pooling on the roof, missing tiles or debris that’s collected on the roof over the last year.
How Much Does Professional Gutter Maintenance Cost?
Don’t have the time to inspect the gutters at your Portland Oregon Rental Properties? If so, it’s time to consider hiring a professional. This can set you back about $250 but it’s worth the investment and the hassle of having to climb that ladder yourself.
If you decide to hire a professional to inspect and maintain the gutters at your Portland Rental Property yourself you should verify what their total cost is because some contractors may charge you $250 but that won’t include parts, if your gutters need new gutter spikes.
During this time of year, it’s also a good idea for you to check your insurance policies to make sure they are up to date. Your policies should cover both replacement lodging and personal property damage.
Besides reviewing your own insurance policies you should also contact your tenants personally and request copies of their renter’s insurance policies too because some tenants may let their renter’s insurance policies lapse after they begin renting from you and they don’t realize how things like roof leaks can wipe them out financially after damaging their personal belongings.
Average Rainfall Portland Oregon
With an average annual rainfall of 41.96 inches, the state of Oregon gets 2.8 more inches of rain than the national average (39.17 inches).
Portland has had an average rainfall of 39.14 inches over the last 30 years, which is 0.03 inches fewer than the average nationwide and about average in Oregon.
Portland’s rainy season typically starts in November and will last through March.
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