LeafGuard believes that good gutters are unsung heroes of the home. They’re never “used” by the homeowner, and they’re often not even seen, but without them the house would be in significantly worse shape. What else around the home is vital, and yet largely unrecognized?
It’s more fun to buy a new grill or set of patio furniture than it is to think about upgrading or fixing gutters. No one ever thinks about gutters until there is an issue. Unfortunately, that’s way too late in the game to be thinking about gutters.
The gutter system is an unsung hero around the home because they’re working best when you don’t notice them and when they’re not requiring maintenance. A seamless gutter system like LeafGuard never requires maintenance and unassumingly drives water safely away from the house.
Without such a system, however, danger is only around the corner, in the form of: water damage, debris, erosion, standing water, insects, and more.
II. CO & Smoke Detectors
Detectors are interesting because they need to be working 24/7 but ideally never go off and are never noticed. The size and placement of these devices makes them very unassuming, but they play a big role when dangerous gases seep into the home.
CO detectors should be replaced 5 years from the “manufacture date”. Smoke detector batteries should be checked every month and replaced when necessary.
Whereas gutters stand between your house and potential disaster, detectors stand between your family and potential tragedy.
III. Hot Water Heaters
How many days out of the year do you go through your routine of taking a shower or bath and not think of your hot water heater? Probably most of the time. And then there are those one or two days when the hot water heater isn’t working, and it feels like your life descends into chaos. The inability to access hot water will turn almost any home upside down.
When working, hot water heaters play but a small role in your daily routine. Take them away, though, and their value becomes abundantly clear.
IV. Irrigation System
Your lawn always needs water, but never needs too much of it.
Not enough water means you’re looking at a brown lawn. Too much water and you’re looking at drowned vegetation, erosion, and maybe even water damage. An irrigation system stays “below the surface” most of the time, but helps keep the proper amount of water on your lawn with sprinklers, pitches, and drains (if necessary).
An irrigation system is a workhorse of your home: working every day, often early in the morning. It is hands-off and not very visible, but makes all the difference in the world when it comes to a healthy and verdant outdoor home.
V. Exterior Paint
The exterior paint of your home is not tangible in the way gutters are or the way smoke detectors are, and therefore paint is not often thought of as playing any role beyond aesthetic. But good exterior paint seals the wood and seams of your home, protecting those pieces from the elements. It’s an unsung hero that’s hidden in plain sight.
**Bonus Piece: Generator
A gas-powered generator is different from some of the other “unsung hero” pieces in that it’s ideally never even used. But when it’s needed, it comes through in a big way. Homeowners should always buy one versus renting one if possible.
The above list of items and systems don’t feel like the most important pieces of your home, but without them, your home and your life would be drastically different.
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