Don’t ignore your gutters

When was the last time you checked your gutters? They can be easy to ignore.  Neglecting these silent protectors of your home can prove to be a costly mistake.  Proper gutter cleaning and maintenance can save your home from water damage.


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Angie Hicks, Angie’s List founder:  “Your gutters should last about 20 years so it’s important to properly maintain them, but more importantly your gutters are your first defense against water coming into your house.”

Don Holman/D & B Continuous Guttering: “I would say three times a year would be sufficient to have your gutters checked and serviced and cleaned out.  I’ve seen guttering systems last 25 years if they are cleaned.”

Angie Hicks, Angie’s List founder:  “When it comes to gutter cleaning it seems like a very simple task but I really urge people to consider hiring someone for this task. Many of us don’t have the proper ladder in order to clean gutters and all too often we hear about injuries from people falling off of ladders.”

Don Holman/D & B Continuous Guttering: “I think that everybody ought to think of some kind of leaf protection. It prevents a lot of things from happening.  People just clean them one time, that’s it, and in the winter time they’re stopped up, all the ice and weight’s in them, and then they see all the damage in the spring.”

Angie Hicks, Angie’s List founder:  “Gutter guards can do a great job of reducing the amount of leaves that get into your gutters but that doesn’t mean that you are now completely maintenance-free. You still want to have your gutters inspected annually to make sure they are in good condition.”

Angie’s List Tips:

  • Consider hiring a professional
  • Gutter guards are not maintenance-free
  • Check Angie’s List for local reviews on gutter cleaning

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Rachel Hardy

Angie’s List videographer Rachel Hardy produces videos focused on home improvement tips and trends, health care issues, and pet services.

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