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Gutter and Downspout Cleaning is Essential to Protect Your Home

Now that it is spring, it is the time of year when people are thinking about chores not thought about through the winter months. Along with spring comes the rain and therefore one of the most important chores to concentrate on is your gutter and downspout cleaning.

Your gutters and downspouts protect your home from water damage when it rains. They keep your fascia boards dry and free from rot, as well as keeping the rainwater from seeping under your roof. Without proper gutter and downspout cleaning, they can become clogged, not allowing the water to pass through and causing the damage that you are ultimately trying to avoid.

You can hire a professional to do your gutter and downspout cleaning or you can do it yourself.  Cleaning them yourself requires only a little time, a ladder and a water house. All you have to do is climb up to the roof with your water hose, turn your water house to the blast setting and hose your gutters out.  Some people prefer using a leaf blower, which is fine. What you use to clean them out doesn't matter as much as actually getting them cleaned out.

If you choose to do the gutter and downspout cleaning yourself, be careful and watch out for things such as snakes and spiders in the gutters. If you have trees around your home snakes can fall out of the trees into your gutter. As for spiders, we all know they can go just wherever they have a notion to.

If climbing on the roof of your home and possibly running into critters gives you the shakes, you can hire a professional to do your gutter and downspout cleaning. There should be a listing for this in your local yellow pages or you can go to a home improvement store in your area and see if they recommend anyone.

Whether you do it yourself or hire someone, cleaning should be one of the first things that you get done when spring comes. It could save a lot of time and money in repairs in the future.

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