Stay ahead of the storm with clean rain gutters.
During a rainstorm, rain gutters route runoff from your roof to where it can drain away from the house. This helps protect siding, windows, doors, basements, and foundations from water damage. If the gutters are left unattended they become clogged with leaves and other debris. When this happens, the gutters fill up and water flows out over the sides. You should clean your gutters at least twice a year. You may have to clean them more often if your home is under a tree that sheds a large amount of leaves. Some people homeowners use gutter guards or leaf catchers, but they don’t always do the job.
Here are some tips for maintaining your rain gutters.
- Safety first, consider using gloves and eye protection
- Use a garden trowel to scoop out any dirt, leaves or other loose debris.
- A plumbing snake is a great for cleaning out the downspouts.
- A garden hose with a nozzle or wand will rinse out anything left behind.
- Take a good look to make sure the gutters are attached properly and not broken or cracked.
You never know when it’s going to rain, so stay ahead of the storm with a little preventive maintenance.