August 27, 2018
Clean, unobstructed gutters and downspouts provide a clear pathway for water to run off your roof and away from your home’s exterior siding and foundation. Regularly cleared gutters eliminate the opportunity for pooling water, ice dams, debris buildup, and pests, so this simple task helps prevent water damage to preserve your roof and overall home’s structure. And the savings can be big: Taking an hour or two a few times a year to clean your gutters can save up to $14,000 in roof replacement costs!
Remove any built-up leaves, dirt, and debris from your gutters and downspouts before winter storms.
Set up your ladder so you can reach your gutters. To minimize mess, check your gutters to see if the debris is wet or dry.
Scoop out dry debris into your bucket or trash bag until gutters are clear, emptying the bucket or getting new bags as needed as you progress the length of each gutter.
Scoop out wet debris into a bucket affixed to your gutter or toss to a streetside drop cloth or tarp. Empty bucket and/or relocate your tarp as needed.
Once your gutters are clear, dispose of all gathered debris in a yard waste bag or into your compost pile.
Then, make sure your downspouts are also unobstructed and directing water away from the house by testing them with a garden hose. Place a hose into your downspout and have a family member, friend, or neighbor turn on the water. Remove any clogs with increased water flow and/or a plumbing snake. Test and unclog all downspouts around the house.
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