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How to Clean Your Gutters and Keep Them Clean

How to Clean Your Gutters and Keep Them Clean

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Cleaning your gutters and important part of maintaining your home. Leafless gutters allow for water to be removed from your roofing system helping the water to flow away from your home. Gutters that are clogged with leaves can cause water to back up into the eaves of your home causing damage to the facia, soffit and walls of your home. Left unattended, this damage could cause severe problems with the structure of a building. There are some simple steps that you can take to clean your gutters and then maintain them.

Remove Debris

First, climb a ladder and clean the organic material out of the gutters with your hands or a plastic scoop. Avoid using a metal trowel as it may puncture the gutters. Be sure the downspout is cleared as well. If leaves and debris are clogging are clogging the downspout, water won’t drain properly, and along with mildew and mud, your gutters could begin to sag or pull away from the house.

Inspect Brackets and Rivets

Once all organic material is removed from the gutter system, inspect the brackets and rivets that hold the gutters and downspout in place. Assuring the security of this hardware will help your gutter system continue working properly. Once you are know that the gutter system is securely attached to the structure, wash away any remaining debris with a high-powered hose to obtain leafless gutters.

Install a Leaf Guard

The best with your gutters clean is to install a leaf guard system. Products like MasterShield will protect your home from damages that can be caused by gutters that are full of leaves and needles, and will work more effeciently than homeonwer-installed leaf guards.

Cleaning gutters can be a filthy and disgusting job. Having a leaf guard professionally installed can help you be assured that you will have leafless gutters.

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