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Gutter & Downspout Cleaning, Gutter Repair, Gutter Replacement

How to Clean Rain Gutters & Downspouts

 CleanGutters-SeattleContractorReferrals.pngGutters and downspouts should be kept clear of debris and properly diverting water away from your home. If you don’t mind working from a ladder, this is a job you can do on your own.

First clean out any lose debris using a scoop or simply by hand. Once clean, flush the gutters with a hose, checking for leaks at the seams. If you notice any leaks, thoroughly clean and dry the area before applying a quality outdoor caulk.

Check that the gutters are fastened securely to the home and make any necessary repairs you are comfortable doing on your own. Significant gutter repairs or gutter replacement is best left to the experts.

It is also important to make sure downspouts are positioned properly so water is diverted away from the home and not slowly leaking through the foundation and into your crawl space or basement.

Don’t forget to check and clear storm drains at the same time. Monitor gutters, downspouts, and drains regularly throughout the rainy season to ensure they remain clear and working properly.

 



Cari

Cari Barron, owner and founder of Contractor Hotline, purchased a home in need of various repairs in 2002. The process to find a quality home remodeling contractor proved to be a complex challenge. The first-hand experience was the inspiration behind founding Contractor Hotline in 2006. Connect with her on Google+

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