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How and Why You Should Clean Your Home’s Gutter System

April 20th, 2017 | No Comments »

How and Why You Should Clean Your Home’s Gutter SystemGutters should be included on every homeowner’s spring cleaning list. They’re prone to collecting leaves, sticks, bird droppings—just about everything outside of your home and under the sun. If neglected, debris can accumulate into clusters and clog your gutters. Gutters are designed to allow rain to run away from the exterior of your home in such a way that protects your home’s structural integrity from water damage. Clogged gutters will do just the opposite, causing water to overflow onto your roof and leaving the structure of your home vulnerable to damage that is costly to repair. 

Fortunately, removing accumulated debris from your gutter system is a fairly simple process.

It’s a good idea to do this in the start of spring and the end of fall. You’ll need a sturdy ladder, buckets, a garden hose and a trowel. You can begin by scooping out the debris at the bottom of your gutters with the trowel and discarding it into the buckets as you go along. Don’t forget to check for clogged gunk in your gutter’s downspouts. Once this process is completed, give your gutters the final spot treatment by flushing them out with water (a high-pressured hose is ideal for this). 

You may also want to consider installing gutter guards as a preventative measure but be warned, these are not end-all solutions. You will still have to clean out your gutters at least once a year.

Like any other maintenance item in your home, paying attention to your gutters and putting in a fair share of TLC can prevent you from having to pay for costly repairs in the future.

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