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Marsha Hillman, March 25 2024

Getting your home ready for spring: GUTTER CLEANING & INSPECTION

Gutter cleaning and inspection is a crucial aspect of home maintenance, especially as we transition from the harsh conditions of winter into the gentler days of spring. During the winter months, gutters can become clogged with fallen leaves, twigs, and debris, which can impede the proper flow of water. This can lead to water overflow, which, in turn, can cause damage to your home's exterior walls, landscaping, and even compromise the foundation. As such, the first step in gutter maintenance is to thoroughly clean out all the debris. This task can be done using gloves, a ladder, and a garden hose or a specialized gutter cleaning tool. Ensuring that downspouts are clear is equally important to allow water to flow freely away from your home.

Once the gutters are cleaned, a detailed inspection is vital to identify any potential issues that could lead to bigger problems down the line. This involves checking for signs of wear and tear such as cracks, holes, rust, and any sections of the guttering that may be sagging or pulling away from the house. These issues can not only affect the functionality of your gutter system but can also lead to water infiltrating the roof or walls, causing further damage. In addition, inspect the fascia boards to which the gutters are attached; any signs of rot or damage here can compromise the stability of the gutter system.

Finally, making necessary repairs is an integral part of the maintenance process. For minor issues like small cracks or holes, waterproof sealant can be a quick fix. However, more significant problems such as large gaps, severely rusted sections, or unstable guttering may require professional intervention. It's also wise to consider installing gutter guards if you're in an area prone to heavy leaf fall, as they can significantly reduce the amount of debris that enters the gutters. By taking proactive steps to clean, inspect, and repair your gutters, you can protect your home from water damage and ensure that your gutter system is prepared to handle the spring rains efficiently.

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Marsha Hillman

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