Alright, I agree with you that making sure the rain gutters and downspouts on your home are clean is not an exciting topic, but it is a very necessary chore, especially if you are interested in preventing weather and water damage, and saving money!
Fall is a good time to make sure those gutters are cleaned out and free of debris. This will help ensure that they are free flowing and functioning properly when winter rain and snow come. Gutters clogged with leaves, twigs, dirt and shingle granules become very heavy, especially when water runoff is added to the mixture. Problems that result include back up of water damaging your roof and siding. It can even result in your gutters tearing away from the house. This can be an even greater problem if we experience an usually hard winter. Resulting damage can be water backing up under your shingles causing ceiling damage and running down the interior walls of your home. You don’t want to go there!
How do you make sure your gutters are ready for winter? Here are the basic steps:
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Dan Buck is the owner of Shaffer-Buck Insurance Inc. in Caldwell, Idaho. The firm is an independent insurance agency representing several regional and nationwide insurance carriers. It offers customized insurance protection for homeowners, small businesses and farms. Lines of coverage include auto, homeowner, renter, recreational vehicle, small business, life, health and disability insurance.
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