Whether its fall foliage clogging your gutters or just time for spring cleaning, leaves and dirt can do some serious damage to your house if you aren’t proactive about keeping your rain gutters clear of debris. Sure, it’s not the most fun project, but your bank account will be less pretty if you have a leaky roof and a damaged foundation thanks to gross gutters.
A rain gutter’s function is to direct water away from your home. Rainwater that falls on your roof runs off into the gutters and flows away from your house, preventing structural damage to your home. You want to protect your foundation, driveway, and sidewalk from water possibly pooling on the sides of your house—and a gutter can do this as well as prevent soil erosion. If you have garden beds close to the exterior of your house, soil erosion can cause water to puddle, thus drowning your plants. The foundation of your house could settle due to soil erosion—leading to cracked walls and uneven floors. From tell-tale signs of clogged gutters to hiring a professional, here’s your how-to guide for cleaning gutters.
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