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Marsha Hillman, October 18 2023

Regularly inspect and clean your gutters, especially before WINTER!

Crystal Restorations of New England advises that regularly inspecting and cleaning your gutters is an essential part of home maintenance to safeguard against potential water-related damage. Debris buildup in gutters can lead to clogs, causing rainwater to overflow rather than draining properly. This overflow poses a significant threat to various parts of your home, including the roof, siding, and foundation. When gutters are clogged, the excess water may seep beneath roof shingles, potentially causing leaks and structural damage. Moreover, water overflowing from clogged gutters can cascade down the sides of your home, leading to siding deterioration and even promoting mold growth. Additionally, as rainwater isn't being efficiently directed away from your foundation, it can accumulate around your home's base, increasing the risk of foundation damage and structural issues. Therefore, regular gutter maintenance, encompassing cleaning and downspout management, is crucial to prevent such water-related harm and protect your home's integrity.

To maintain the longevity and structural integrity of your home, it's imperative that you also ensure the correct positioning and functionality of downspouts. Downspouts play a critical role in channeling rainwater from your gutters away from your home's foundation. A poorly positioned or malfunctioning downspout can result in water pooling near the foundation, which can ultimately lead to cracks, settling, and other foundation issues. By regularly inspecting and ensuring that downspouts are correctly directing water away from your foundation, you'll help mitigate this risk and maintain the stability of your home's base.

In conclusion, regular gutter maintenance is not just a cosmetic or convenience issue; it's a fundamental aspect of home protection. By routinely cleaning your gutters and checking that your downspouts are effectively managing rainwater runoff, you can prevent damage to your roof, siding, and foundation. This simple maintenance routine can save you from costly repairs and preserve the overall well-being of your home.

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Marsha Hillman

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