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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Legacy real estate CA BRE#00886348

For most homeowners, cleaning the gutters is near the bottom of the to-do list.  But keeping your gutters clean can really save you a lot of headaches; overflowing gutters can damage roofs and wreak havoc on your foundation.

Keeping the water flowing properly isn’t as big a deal as you might think.  And if you clean your gutters every six months, you’ll save yourself time and money.

According to www.hgtv.com, you can tell if a gutter needs cleaning by looking up at the gutter’s top, outside rim.  If it is discolored, there’s a buildup and water is not flowing as it should.

* To clean the gutters, use a ladder.  Make sure to be safe and cautious around power lines.  If you fell unsafe or uncomfortable, hire a professional.

* There are several ways to clean gutter.  One is to simply put on a pair of gloves and dig the debris out by hand and rinse it with your hose.  Or you can use barbeque tongs or make a scoop by cutting a plastice, two-liter soda bottle.

* To dispose of the debris, hang a bucket on the ladder with a bungee cord or lay a tarp on the ground to catch the falling debris.  When you’re done, just roll up the tarp and empty it into the trash.

Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Gibson Management Group, Ltd. - Charlottesville, VA

I'll have the gutters in my rental properties checked and cleaned in November and it is a GREAT time to check bath vent "boots" and fascias and soffets!

Sep 26, 2012 05:59 AM
Rhonda Duffy
Duffy Realty of Atlanta & Rainmaker Realty - Milton, GA
#1 Retail Listing Agent in the U.S.

Great advice- not a fun chore, though. Thank you for sharing

Sep 26, 2012 07:33 AM
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

Great reminder Brian, gutter are much easier to clean now rather in a rain storm.  :)

Sep 26, 2012 05:24 PM
Janell Kittleson
Rentec Direct - Grants Pass, OR
Rentec Direct

And if you live in the very leafy PNW, you might have to clean those gutters more than once if you want the buckets of rain to flow while the leaves are falling.  Great advice!  I can't tell you how many people forget they have gutters and their rotten roofs, fascias and siding tell the story.  

Sep 27, 2012 05:48 AM