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  • Writer's pictureBrett Hodgdon, PE

April Showers Bring May Clogged Gutters

Gutters are so important to home maintenance. Leaves and other debris can get caught up in the gutters, causing them to clog and not drain where they are supposed to. They can crack, split or cause leaks and sagging without proper maintenance. That leads to flooding or other major, costly problems.

So, preventative maintenance is key. The following tips will help you keep your gutters in great shape, no matter what the weather may bring.

How often should I clean my gutters? Professionals generally recommend cleaning out gutters and downspouts twice a year. This helps prevent major blockages. This is a general recommendation and can vary depending on other factors, like:

  • Harsh Winters: If you live in a cold climate, it is important to keep gutters clear to avoid ice buildup. Ice can cause water leaks to come into the home and make the gutter itself heavy and could potentially break away from the house.

  • Trees: If the house is situated near woods or has a lot of trees on the property, it's likely there will be leaves, sticks and other debris in the gutters of the home. That may mean it's a better job for a professional to take a look - and to do so more frequently.

  • Dry Climates: If you don't have ice or leaves to worry about, gutters could be cleaned less frequently.

How do I clean my gutters?

The best bet is always to call in a professional. They are skilled and have the expertise to take care of the task in the safest way possible.

If you're taking on the task yourself, be sure to follow all safety protocols first, including using a ladder properly, wearing protective equipment like gloves and mask, and having a second person available.

Once you're ready, you can use a small scoop to carefully remove materials from the gutter and dispose of them. Another option is to use a pressure washer hose to wash the interior. For the downspouts, utilize a snake to remove clogs.

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