From the roof to the basement to the chimney to the windows, each part of a house plays a role. Gutters are no different and help control the flow of rain to protect the rest of the house.
With such an important role, it is important that gutters are cleaned regularly. Clogged gutters are the top cause of basement water problems and it’s recommended that guttering cleaning should be done twice a year.
Cleaning a gutter yourself can take several hours and several steps can be taken to improve the functionality of your gutter system.
- Make sure to remove leaves from your gutter to avoid clogs. If there are low-hanging branch near or over your gutter, consider removing them.
- If you’re doing gutter installation, consider installing a gutter screen, which are intended to trap rocks, leaves and other solid matter and direct water into the gutter.
- Keep an eye on the slope of the gutter. It should flow downward and any water should flow without impediments.