This Fall, Don’t Find Your Life in The Gutter

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Apparently we have a secret rooftop smoker? This habit isn’t just bad for their lungs. Seriously, that’s a lot of butts, though.

Every week, the detail-oriented folks at Green Scene Home Inspections will give readers an education in inspection. Want to see what they see? Tune in  for “Upon Closer Inspection.”

This time of year, the weather in North Texas can be pretty unpredictable, to say the least. When there is Big Texas Weather, you need your home to be performing at its best.

Rain gutters are one of those things that you don’t pay much attention to unless they’re not doing their job. These handy devices are meant to help rain flow away from your house and keep from collecting places you don’t want it. 

Because they can go unnoticed, lots of folks forget to maintain their rain gutters, which in our business means that rain gutters come up on a lot of inspection reports. Here are some particularly egregious examples:

On this new construction house, the rain gutter were pristine … almost. Seems like a weird place to be eating wings, but to each their own.

In this shot, you can see that the leaves (and the BEER) have begun to plug up the gutter, and the water doesn’t have anywhere to go. Eventually, it will overflow the gutter sending buckets of water below and possibly pulling away from the roof. 

But seriously, who are all these people smoking, drinking, and snacking on their roofs?

You know it’s been too long since you cleaned out your rain gutter when A TREE IS GROWING IN IT.

This November as the leaves are falling and storm winds blow debris from your trees and yard across your roof, make sure you take the time to clean out your gutters or hire a service to do it for you.

Working gutters help prevent pooling, flooding, soil erosion, and water damage.


Joanna England

If Executive Editor Joanna England could house hunt forever, she absolutely would. Instead she covers the North Texas housing market and the economy for While she started out with the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, Joanna's work has appeared in The Dallas Morning News as well as several local media outlets. When she's not knitting or hooping, or enjoying White Rock Lake, she's behind the lens of her camera. She lives in East Dallas with her husband, son, and their furry and feathered menagerie.

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