How to clean roof gutters

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Cleaning roof gutters regularly can help avoid water damage. (Photo Credits)

Roof gutters can get filled with leaves and debris and can eventually cause roof and water damage.

Third Party Service Ratings Website Angie’s List came up with a list of how clogged gutters can cause water damage problem, and at the same time cause destruction on the foundation of the home, and roof leaks.

“The main role of a gutter system is to channel water off the roof and away from the home’s foundation. A blockage can cause water to pour over the sides of the gutter and pool around the foundation. Over time, the water can cause cracks to form and damage the foundation, potentially resulting in collapse. But even if the foundation doesn’t fail, the water can still cause mold growth.”

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How to clean gutters explains how to clean rain gutters properly. In a step-by-step procedure, they also mentioned how such sprucing up can benefit a whole home.

“Wear a shirt with long sleeves. Wear rubber gloves. Have a good extendable ladder available. standoff stabilizers (ladder “horns”) are ideal to keep the ladder from damaging the gutter. Use a small plastic scoop to remove gunk. Buy a gutter scoop from the hardware store ($25) or try a child’s sand shovel. Spare your lawn by dumping the stuff onto a plastic tarp. After you’ve cleared the muck, flush the gutters and downspouts with a garden hose — also a great way to spot any leaks.”

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Water Damage Prevention

ABC Action News explained how working gutters can help in preventing water damage. One of the points mentioned in the write-up are ice dams. Read more here           

In colder climates, ice dams can form on the gutters or the lower edge of the roof, causing water to pool and eventually seep into the home. While ice dams can form on homes with clean gutters, clogged gutters prevent water from draining, which increases the chance for ice dams.”

The rest of the article can be found here.

Cleaning roof gutters on a periodic basis is a sure way to help avoid water damage.