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How to Clean Your Gutters During the Autumn

Posted on October 12, 2017
How to Clean Your Gutters During the Autumn

Get your head into the gutter do to some grueling fall home maintenance.

Now that the autumn season is upon us, you may have noticed the falling leaves and earthy debris building up in your rain gutters. During fall, gutters quickly get blocked up with leaves, piled upon the spring and summer debris.

Your gutters are an important part of your roofing system. They carry rainwater away, protecting your walls and foundation from erosion and water damage. Keeping your gutters well maintained is a must for every household. If the gutters get clogged and blocked, not only could they break but they could lead to the demise of your roof over the course of a season. This fall, while the weather is still decent, make time to head up on the ladder to prepare your home for fall.

Rain gutter maintenance can protect the investment of both your gutters and roof, so get started with these home maintenance tips:

  • Enlist the help of a friend or family member to steady the ladder while you climb up.
  • Place the ladder on stable ground.
  • Grab some gloves and a bucket and start scooping out the debris sitting in the pipes.
  • For those pesky leaves that won’t budge, take the hose and wash them out of the drain.
  • Check for any leaks, cracks, or damage to the gutters.
  • Clear the downspouts from any obstruction or debris.
  • Direct downspouts 5 – 10 inches away from the house.
  • Test your sump pump regularly to prevent any water damage to your home.
  • Evaluate the roof and check for any leaks.
  • Replace any damp wood, interior or exterior.

If your gutters are particularly high, or you need expert assistance, be sure to call a professional to completely clean out the gutters while you check for home leaks!

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