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  • Writer's pictureJohnathan McGee

Spring Cleaning Your Gutters and Downspouts: Tips for Homeowners

As the weather starts to warm up, it's the perfect time to tackle some spring home maintenance tasks. One of the most critical tasks for homeowners is cleaning gutters and downspouts. Not only does this keep your home looking tidy, but it can also prevent damage to your property from water overflow. Here are some tips for spring cleaning your gutters and downspouts:

  1. Safety First: Before you begin, make sure you have a sturdy ladder and wear protective gloves to avoid injury. It's also a good idea to have someone hold the ladder while you work.

  2. Remove Debris: Use a small garden trowel or scoop to remove debris from your gutters. You can also use a garden hose to flush out any remaining debris.

  3. Check for Damage: As you clean your gutters, inspect them for any damage or signs of wear and tear. This includes checking for cracks, holes, and loose or bent sections.

  4. Clean Your Downspouts: Make sure your downspouts are clear of debris, and water can flow freely through them. You can also use a hose to flush out any remaining debris.

  5. Install Gutter Guards: Consider installing gutter guards to help prevent future debris buildup and reduce the need for frequent cleaning.

By taking the time to spring clean your gutters and downspouts, you can prevent potential damage to your property and keep your home in top shape. If you're unsure about your coverage needs, don't hesitate to reach out to your insurance agent. They can help you review your policies and make sure you have the coverage you need.

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