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Why You Should Give Your Rain Gutters a Little TLC

Rain gutters require a bit of maintenance to keep up, but the benefits far outweigh the time and energy needed to complete the extra chore of clearing them out every so often. Rain gutters work hard to keep your home protected from the damaging effects of water. When it rains, the gutters direct the water away from your home to the sewage system where it can be drained away without causing any damage.

If water isn't directed away from your home's foundation, it can lead to damage in the foundation, which is a costly repair. Too much water can also cause flooding under the house and in the basement. If you have any sort of landscaping done around your home, a torrential downpour could cause erosion, and all of your beautiful plants and flowers may be washed away. Rain gutters also protect the exterior of your home from being exposed to too much water. The siding, garage door, and exterior doors can all be protected by installing rain gutters to keep the water off of them as much as possible.

After you have rain gutters installed, it's important to keep up with the maintenance. Every couple of months, you should clear out your rain gutters of fallen debris, soil, twigs, and anything else that may have gotten stuck in there. Clogged rain gutters don't help your home stay protected from rainwater. They can also cause interior damage to the house and the eves if you let the debris build up too much. Leaves in the gutters can even be a fire hazard, so be sure to clean them out more often if you are in a dry area with high risk of fires. If you notice mosquitoes around your home, you may want to check your rain gutters. If there is standing water in them, this can become a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Rain gutters are well worth the investment to protect your home, but be sure to keep them up!