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I wasn't kidding about the plumbing job. We bought an old house because we fell in love with the wood floors, stained glass windows and old-fashioned details. What we haven't loved is the continuous string of plumbing, electrical and HVAC problems that plague an 85-year-old house. Luckily, nothing has been catastrophic and our home warranty has covered just about all of it. Still, researching this article has been a wake-up call. I'm no fan of ladders, so the gutters have gone un-cleaned in the two years since we've lived here. Now that I know more about the dangers (and cost) of foundation damage, I'm definitely going to clear those gutters out in the spring and invest in some downspout extensions to keep rainwater away from the house. When it comes to inspecting the flashing around the chimney on the roof, I think I'm going to skip the ladder and invest in a good pair of binoculars.

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