Clean Your Gutters
One of the most cost effective ways to make sure your home doesn’t get water damage during heavy spring
rains, melting snow, or other natural disasters is to make sure your gutters and downspouts are free and
clear of any twigs, leaves, dirt, and debris.
If you are careful, you can clean your gutters yourself with a stepladder, heavy duty gloves, and a tarp.
Experts suggest setting a tarp up on the ground below you where you can toss debris as you clean is safer
than carrying around a bucket or bag because you always want three points of contact on your ladder.
After you have removed the debris, use a hose to rinse out the gutters and downspouts. It’s better than a
blower and safer to use while on a ladder or roof.
- Start with the hose at the center of the gutter and work your way toward the downspout.
- When you hit the downspout, give it an extra burst of water. Watch to make sure water flows out the
bottom, in a steady stream, away from your home.
- Even if your gutters look clean, a clogged downspout can cause big backups and flooding.
- If your downspouts are connected to an underground pipe, be sure to disconnect the downspout while
you’re cleaning to avoid flushing any large debris into the underground pipe, which may cause backups
that are more costly to fix.
- When everything is cleaned and flushed out, properly reconnect downspouts, and know your home is safer
against large amounts of water.