How to Maintain Your Gutters and Downspouts

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Gutters and downspouts can collect leaves and other debris until they sag under the weight of retained water, so homeowners should know how to maintain them properly. Get the facts from an expert in this free video on home and garden repair.

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Hi, my name is Chris Palmer. Today, we're going to talk about how to maintain your gutters and downspouts. A really important yearly maintenance activity for your house is to check to make sure your gutters are clean and operating properly and that your downspouts are clear and that they're moving water away from the foundation of your house. The first thing you want to do is get up on a ladder, look in your gutters, clean out anything that's in there, a lot of times leaves blow in there. A gutter can pack tight with leaves and it won't drain water. It will fill up with water and eventually that weight can cause your gutters to sag and then that causes a leak and that's all kinds of problems that you want to avoid. The next thing you want to look at is your downspouts. Make sure they're clear. Make sure they are not dripping and leaking anything into the house and it's really important that they move water away from the base of your house. It's no good if the water is just dropping right there, puddling up against your house and keeping your foundation wet. You need to move that water away. My name is Chris Palmer. That's how you maintain your gutters and downspouts.

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