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Downspouts and Gutters Need Attention Too!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 9:59pm

As the last leaves fall from the trees and you prepare your home for the cold winter months by raking the yard and stowing away the garden hoses, it is important to remember all of the outside drains around your house, including your downspouts and gutters.

The downspouts and gutters that are installed around your house are designed to divert water away from your house during times of heavy rain and snowfall. These extreme weather conditions can lead to excess water spilling against the walls and windows of your home and cause saturation of your foundation and flooding of your yard.

To maintain the integrity of your home’s structure and avoid flooding in your yard, it is important to have your downspouts and gutters cleaned annually at the end of the Fall, just after all of the leaves and debris have fallen from the trees surrounding your property. To thoroughly clean the gutters and downspouts around your home, here are some steps to follow:

1.Locate all of the downspouts, gutters, and downspout extensions. These are typically made from either plastic or metal and will be on all areas outside of your home. Make sure to be thorough and locate all of the downspouts, most homes have several.

2.Make sure to wear gloves and safety goggles. There may be sharp stick and other objects in your gutter debris that could cause injury to hands that are bare. Also, when cleaning the gutters debris may fly back in your face and having safety goggles on with eliminate injury to your eyes and face.

3.Using a ladder, carefully climb to the level of the gutter and begin scooping the debris out of the gutters using your hands and a garden trowel. Be careful not to cause damage to the gutter itself when digging the debris out.

4.After the bulk of the debris is cleared out, use a garden hose to rinse the gutter and make sure that the water flows through the gutter and down the downspout uninterrupted. Sometimes small animals will build their nests in areas of the downspout that are not visible and can only be detected by blocked water flow.

Keeping your gutters and downspouts free from debris and blockages is essential to eliminating the chances of water damage to your home during times of snowfall and heavy rain. If you need more information or you have questions about how best to approach this task, don’t hesitate to call Mr. Rooter of Albany today!

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