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How to Clean Gutters and Downspouts

The roof gutters that line the overhanging eaves are an important part of the roofing system, especially in climates that experience ample rainfall. Along with the downspouts and extensions, the gutter system ensures proper flow of water off the roof and away from the home’s foundation. The system helps protect against wood rot and failure at the roof fascia boards and siding, and it also helps keep your basement or crawlspace dry by directing water well away from the foundation.

Gutters and downspouts can get clogged with leaves and debris that hinder the proper operation of the system, so keeping them clean and flowing freely is essential. Gutter clogging is especially likely at certain times of year, such as in the spring when trees are casting seeds, and in the autumn when leaves are falling.

Fortunately, cleaning gutters and downspouts is a pretty easy job, and a couple of cleanings each year should keep them flowing freely. This job does, however, involve working on a ladder. Make sure you have a sturdy extension ladder that is long enough to reach the edge of your roof and always follow safe practices when using a ladder. Make sure the base of the ladder rests on a solid, level surface, and avoid leaning out away from the ladder. 

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