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Never underestimate your rain gutters! They not only protect your landscaping, plantings, flowerbeds, walls, roof, and siding but also prevent damage to your house’s foundation.
When your rain gutters fill with pine needles, leaves, and debris, it causes clogs — resulting in water entering under the roof and saturating the very foundation of your home. Also, if you’re not too careful in winters, your clogged gutters may lead to ice dams.
They may pull away from the roof as they become heavy, thus preventing proper rainwater drainage, and spoiling your house’s appearance. Not to forget, breed pests and insects.
Therefore, it’s important to clean out the gutters ever so often. Experts recommend inspecting and cleaning them twice a year — once in spring and then in fall. Basically, to get rid of fallen seedpods and flower petals in spring and dried leaves in autumn.
And, once the gutters are nicely cleaned up, maintaining them is also part of the spring cleaning plan or your fall checklist. You definitely don’t want those unsightly clogged gutters that may lead to water damage in your walls and roof in the future.
Yes, yes, we know that it’s a dirty and hateful job with wet leaves, bugs, decaying smells, and climbing high ladders — but it needs to be done.
Hiring a professional gutter cleaner to clear out your rain gutters and downspouts is a good idea if you’re unable to do so yourself. Or, if your roof is higher than a single story. These cleaners will have the necessary tools to do the work, and also tall ladders for safety. Most of them can also make necessary simple repairs.
Regardless of whether you choose to do it yourself or hire help, these are some basic steps that need to be followed.
Keeping the above maintenance steps in mind, you will have cleaner rain gutters and a happy home throughout the year.
If you’ve moved into a new house and are contemplating gutter installation, you are making a wise decision. They add their bit in making your home clean, strong, and healthy.
Gutter cost is calculated in linear foot and ranges from $3 to $25 per linear foot. Of course, this amount depends on the material used — which can be plastic, aluminum, steel, vinyl, or copper. For 200 feet of gutter, you can expect to pay approximately $800, or higher.
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What other places need cleaning around your house? Take a look at our guide on The Dirtiest Places In Your Home That Need Cleaning
Most homeowners do realize the importance of keeping their gutters clean but shy away when it comes to maintenance. The truth is, it’s not so difficult. The rule of thumb is to stay on top of the task and prevent any water damage because of it. You can save hundreds of dollars.
Timely inspection, cleaning, and maintenance of your gutter system is crucial. Keep a fixed spring and fall schedule for it and protect your siding, windows, doors, and roof. In fact, your house’s very foundation.
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