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Gutter repair

The primary function of your home’s gutters is to direct the flow of water away from your house, protecting it against leakage and flooding. Gutters filled with leaves and other natural debris, however, will fail to drain properly, leading to an overflow of roof water that then accumulates around the foundation of your house. Clogged gutters are the most common cause of basement water problems. This type of damage to your home can pose serious health and safety risks for you and your family, as well. Once water leaks into your house, mold can develop between 24 and 48 hours, damaging the structural integrity of your home, and leading to respiratory problems for inhabitants. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, while some are more severe than others, every type of mold has the potential to be dangerous to human health. This is precisely why regular gutter cleaning and maintenance is so important.

How often should you have your gutter cleaned? Every home is different, and climate and geographical location play a big part in the severity of gutter clogging and damage. Every home should have its gutters cleaned at least once a year. For those homes in more densely wooded areas, or those that experience a higher amount of rainfall, this service should be performed every couple of months. In colder climates, ice dams can form on gutters, so special attention should be paid during the winter months.

When a gutter is clogged, water will be falling from unexpected places around the house. This can put you at risk of slipping and falling, and can also damage the landscape around your house such as flowerbeds and trees. To address all safety and health concerns, a quality gutter cleaning service, or gutter repair service should perform the following tasks: cleaning gutters, picking up debris from the ground, evaluating the structure of the gutters, and checking to make sure that the downspouts are properly draining. Downspout extensions should be directed at least six feet away from your home’s foundation, towards the road or back yard; also make sure that the water is not flowing towards your neighbor’s home.


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I've seen a lot of cooking, home improvement and crafting shows and, let me tell you, they make things look way easier than they are. Most people really can’t remodel their own kitchen, paint a wall mural or whip up a gourmet meal in an afternoon. I’m here to share my ideas and guidance about home and family--things I've learned through trial and error. I've already made the mistakes so you don’t have to! Just don’t ask about the kitchen cabinet refinishing project that went awry.
July 2022