Gutter Cleaning & More: It’s Time To Prepare For The Rainy Season

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It’s already September which means the winter months and rainy season are right around the corner. There are many things your community can do to prepare for the rainy season, but two of the most critical items to inspect, clean and maintain are your gutters/downspouts and your roofs. By performing annual roofing maintenance (which includes gutter/downspout cleaning) you could easily prevent costly water damage and other issues from occurring during the rains. Plus, by implementing these simple preventive maintenance measures you could get an additional 5 to 10 year’s life from your roofs – consider the cost savings!

Your gutters channel water from a large area (up to 3,000 square feet on average) of roofing surface away from your home, protecting your windows, doors, exterior cladding, decks and foundation slab.  To function correctly and channel these thousands of gallons of water into the storm drains requires that your gutters and downspouts be free of all leaves, dirt and debris.

If there is a clog in just one of your gutters, water can spill over the gutter system and onto your house’s exterior cladding. At best, the water will degrade your wood trim and paint within a year or two. At worst, the water will flow down the exterior cladding and into your windows, doors and openings; decay your exterior cladding and structural framing; and, possibly undermine your foundation.  Plus, the weight of the water in the gutter could pull the gutter spikes out of the eaves.

    • Interior unit damage from roof or window water leaks.
    • Stucco damage and stucco discoloration (the nasty black streaks).
    • Wood deterioration from both wood rot and termite infestation (wet wood makes wonderful termite food).
    • Excess water around the foundation slab could facilitate slab cracks due to soil subsidence; soil subsides when it becomes soaked with water and becomes heavier than the surrounding soil.
    • Excess water around the foundation could facilitate saturation and subsequent water evaporation into the home.
    • If you have expansive “clay filled” soils your soil (and foundation) could “heave” (lift).

Just like all preventive maintenance measures, roofing maintenance and gutter cleaning should be performed on an on-going basis; at least once a year and preferably in the fall.  If you have lots of leafy trees (Eucalyptus) then you should consider cleaning your gutters and downspouts semi-annually.  The cost to perform these cleanings is much less than having to perform emergency repairs to the roof itself or damage to homeowner property. Consider the Sands V. Walnut Gardens case we have previously written about (click here). This case is a perfect example of the consequences an HOA can face if they fail to properly maintain their roof (or any other common area components) and damage occurs to a homeowner’s unit.


Downspouts are a key component to the gutter system and should be inspected with the same level of detail as the other components. All downspouts should drain water into the storm drain (only rain in the drain) or into the street gutter, but definitely away from the building’s foundation. Building code requires that the grade adjacent to the foundation be sloped away from the home for the first five (5) feet.


When searching for a contractor to perform these services, make sure you only hire licensed General Contractors (B) or Roofing Contractors (C-39) to perform roofing maintenance work.  Insist on seeing, and retaining on file, a copy of their pocket license which will list their classifications as well as their license number. Then check the number with the Contractors State License Board ( Retain on file an original of the contractor’s general liability and workers compensation certificate of insurance and insist on having the association listed as an additional insured.

    • Inspect roof surface and all roofing system components for damage.
    • Replace all missing or cracked roof tiles, shingles or asphalt.
    • Clean all gutters and downspouts.
    • Clean out dirt, leaves and debris from all scuppers, valleys, drain bowls and conductor heads.
    • Replace or refasten all gutter spikes as needed.
    • Apply additional mastic around all roof penetrations (this includes all roof-mounted equipment, skylight curbs and HVAC or other systems).
    • Inspect metal coping seams and exposed fasteners and seal where needed.
    • Inspect all roof pipes and flashings and seal and paint where needed.
    • Ensure that downspouts direct all water away from the building foundation and into the storm drain system.

Buildings, like cars and relationships, are not maintenance free. If you want to get the longest possible life out of your building components, then you must maintain them. By implementing preventive maintenance strategies, you can prevent prematurely replacing roofs and exterior building components which can cost your HOA hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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J. David Rauch Bio

Dave Rauch is the Founder and President of ProTec Building Services (ProTec). He ensures that work quality is consistent.  Dave maintains a consistent presence within the company.  While managing the growth of ProTec, he strives to improve everything that ProTec does, especially exceeding client expectations.  At Mr. Rauch’s previous company he designed the original HOA manual and monthly building maintenance programs specific for each HOA. In 1996 Dave opened ProTec, which now provides maintenance programs to over 600 communities and other services to 2,000 communities.

George Van Oosbree Bio

George Van Oosbree is the Senior Vice President and Director of Operations in Nevada. He has been a manager with ProTec for 17 years. He holds a California/Nevada General Contractors and painting license; as well as, certifications in Playground Safety and SWPPP. He is also a United States Green Building Counsel LEED Accredited Professional and EPA Certified Lead Renovator.  Developers rely on George’s knowledge (nearly 100 High-rise and Mid-rise Projects) and 30 years of experience to construct sustainable and maintainable projects.

Andy Henley Bio

With over 20 years’ experience in construction management and janitorial, Andy knows what it takes to repair and maintain your largest asset, your homes and common areas at your community. Not only will Andy provide unparalleled customer service for all ProTec’s work but he will ensure that all jobs and service exceed client expectations. Call Andy and request to meet at your community. He will walk your community, detailing what maintenance and repairs are needed to keep your property values increasing.

Candy Allen Bio

ProTec’s controller, Candy Allen, has over two decades of experience in accounting and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the executive team.  Candy also has extensive HR, office management and organizational skills derived from her years of experience in the service industry.  What truly sets Candy apart from her peers is her energy and zeal to get the job/challenge done correctly and immediately.  She’ll explain that her success comes from devoting herself to creating a team environment in which the company can accurately track and maintain their various business and accounting systems.  Teamwork, honesty and hard work are all core elements of Candy’s work ethic.

Laura Swirski Bio

As ProTec’s Human Resources Manager, Laura Swirski, brings knowledge and experience in HR and Organizational Development from a variety of industries ranging from property management, non-profit, government, public utility, and hospitality.  Laura enjoys an employee focused and hands-on approach to HR.  She believes employees are a company’s most important resource.  An organization is successful when employees are in the right job and are involved, committed, and work together toward shared goals.  Laura is conscientious, a hard worker, and desires to learn, improve, and make a difference.

Fernando Urrea Bio

Fernando Urrea began his ProTec career in 2009. After a short leave he returned to ProTec in 2014 as the San Diego Maintenance Division Manager. He holds a General Contractors License; as well as, EPA Certified Lead Renovator. Fernando worked at Standard Pacific Homes and Pacific Bay Homes in the San Diego Divisions and has over 15 years’ experience in new home construction management. While working in Military Housing for 10 years he was able get hands on experience on all trades and management skills. His new home building and maintenance knowledge are unparalleled and is what makes Fernando a great asset.

Mark Adams Bio

Fascinated by construction from an early age, Mark developed the skills and knowledge to construct and repair any building. Prior to ProTec, Mark honed his skills at Quality Built Consulting on construction defects/diagnostics nationally. Mark is a licensed California General Contractor and a certified applicator in Excellent Coatings (Waterproof Coatings), SIKA Products (Sealants), PROTECTO Wrap (Waterproof Membranes) and Superkrete (Overlay Concrete Systems). Mark has been a manager at ProTec for 15 years and is the top HOA estimator in San Diego County. He prides himself on being able to assist HOA Boards and Community Managers resolve any type of repair or construction project.

Lee Sterling Bio

While attending Arizona State University pursuing a degree in engineering, Lee Sterling enlisted in the United States Army prior to Desert Storm. After completing his service he began working in the property service industry. Duly licensed as a Building (B1) and Roofing (C39) contractor, Lee rose through the ranks of the industry becoming the Division Manager and acting Chief Engineer for properties in San Diego, Irvine and Brea. His commitment to quality and superior service has earned him recommendations from his peers, clients and customers.

Cesar Ibarra Bio

Cesar Ibarra is ProTec’s Janitorial Manager and has been with the company for 8 years. He ensures that the janitorial work quality is consistent and manages the planning of large level custodial projects. He prides himself in his knowledge of janitorial services and has over 10 years of experience in the Commercial Cleaning Industry. He and his team devote themselves to our clients and provide customized janitorial services that are specifically tailored for each community or project.

Paul Mayeski Bio

Paul oversees ProTec’s Maintenance Manuals and Inspections Division. Before joining the ProTec team in 2000, Paul spent 4 years converting his Industrial Arts education into becoming a trained cabinetmaker, followed by 13 years building custom homes and then 7 years administering building maintenance programs and overseeing maintenance manual implementations for one of San Diego’s largest community management companies.  Because of his combined experience in the building and community management industries, he is uniquely suited to ensure that our clients’ projects are successful.

Chris McHenry Bio

Chris has over 25 years of construction experience in the residential and commercial industries. He has done everything hands on from operate heavy equipment, ro build and remodel custom homes, and commercial tenant improvements. He started working in his family’s business building custom homes during the summers in high school. He moved on as a Project Manager for an apartment maintenance construction company in Rancho Santa Margarita. He proceeded to get his contractor’s license and owned his own company for 7 years. Chris also holds the positions of superintendent on a high rise construction project and Project Manager with an industrial/commercial company.

Sal Mendoza Bio

Salvador Mendoza is our Los Angeles regional manager for ProTec Building Services. Since starting with the Company in 2008 he has devoted himself to the challenging world of maintenance for mid and high rise buildings. Salvador’s past experiences of running his family owned construction business, along with his real estate and mortgage banking experience, provide him with a unique perspective within our industry. He has a created the company’s first Planned Maintenance Contract (PMC), which allows for a custom annual maintenance calendar of the building components for each individual building, enabling clients to plan ahead and have an annual maintenance budget

Mirzet Velic Bio

As ProTec’s Vista Maintenance Division Manager, Mirzet brings immense experience in the HOA industry and knowledge of maintenance, repair and construction methodology. Mirzet joined ProTec in 2006 as an Account Manager.  Prior to ProTec he honed his experience at All American Construction as a Maintenance Technician.  With over 15 years of experience in contract management, construction, electrical, and property management Mirzet can solve any technical problem. However, Mirzet’s true tour de force is his Customer Centric service model; he takes care of clients’ needs before they even know they have a need. 

Timothy (Ty) Haisch Bio

Ty is ProTec’s Construction Division Manager for the North County San Diego region, working out of the Vista office.  Ty joined ProTec in 2010 as a Project Supervisor.  He has moved up in the management ranks due to his excellent work record, supervisory skills, hard-work and dedication to getting jobs done in a timely manner that have made him a “go-to” manager at ProTec.  Prior to joining ProTec, Ty was a manager at TDT Construction.  Yes, Ty has many years of experience, but it is mostly his excitement with solving complex problems, that cause Ty to stand out among his peers.  Ty loves challenges and will happily solve our clients most vexing or technical problem(s).

John T. (JT) Anderson Bio

John learned the value of hard work at his family business at the early age of 5, where he started out as a janitor.  He went on to learn additional trades and skills, where he eventually left the business world to attend college at The University of Hawaii and the University of Utah.  He received his degree in Political Science and Business.  After moving to San Diego in 2004 he founded Elite Services, which provided building services to Commercial and HOA clients.  In 2016, John saw an opportunity to join the ProTec team where he has put his many talents to work, expanding ProTec’s list of 172 services and engaging new clients.