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When's the Last Time You Cleaned Your Gutters?

clogged gutter

Get your mind in the gutter. That’s right, in, not out of the gutter!

Or perhaps, more to the point, get your mind in your gutters, and your downspouts.

Hey, Brad Nale here asking you, when was the last time you did anything about your gutters? Are they clogged? Does the water flow properly? Are they starting to pull off your eaves? Are your down spouts still attached right? Are they clogged? These are all good questions to ask yourself and this is a good time of year to do it.

Soon leaves will be falling and while they’re beautiful in fall, they can sure get ugly in your gutters. There’s nothing fun about having leaves clog the water flow coming off your roof. It may seem like just a nuisance, but it can lead to serious trouble with your eaves and your roofing.

There’s a product that I really like from my local Ace Hardware store to help with this. It’s GutterStuff. GutterStuff is a simple to install, coarse foam product that fills your gutter so leaves cannot pile up and clog while allowing water to flow easily. It comes in four foot lengths, is easy to cut and works really well. I was constantly digging out my gutters and unclogging my down spouts before I installed this a few years ago. Since then, no trouble, easy water flow, leaves blow away.

There are other similar products out there, and many may work well, but I like GutterStuff because it can’t be seen from the street, is so easy to install and is so simple. There’s nothing to go wrong with it once you put it in.

Check your down spouts too. Make certain they don’t dump water out right at your foundation either. You want them to drain the water away from your house. No less than 3 feet from your foundation and be certain that the ground drains the water away, not back towards your house. Adding a down spout extender can be a simple thing that save you gobs of trouble later on. The helpful folks at Ace Hardware can show you several options.

This is a prime example of an ounce of prevention saving a pound of cure. So, before the leaves start coming down, and now that it’s cooled off a bit, get out, look at your roof drainage. You don’t want to be doing this in the middle of the rainy season or the middle of winter. If you’re uncertain, or if you have a very tall roof, contact a professional for an inspection. The only thing that’s scarier than climbing a ladder to work on your gutters is not doing it and having serious water damage later on.