Don’t Forget Your Gutters This Fall – guest blogger Dave Cobosco

Don’t forget your gutters this Fall

As the leaves fall most of us clean our yards, but many of us forget to clean our gutters.  Clean gutters are critical in controlling the water around your house.  Properly functioning gutters and downspouts direct water away from the house and preventing many of the following problems:

ñ  Water in the basement

ñ  Rotting wood trim

ñ  Roof leaking due to ice dams

ñ  Slippery sidewalks

ñ  Washed out landscaping

ñ  Wood Destroying Insects

To avoid these potentially serious and costly problems, make sure you have your gutters cleaned every Fall when you clean the leaves from your yard.  If you are not comfortable with heights or don’t use tall ladders regularly, cleaning gutters is not a job for you.  Consider hiring a handyman to help. If you decide to do the gutter cleaning job yourself, watch out for hidden hazards like electric lines and bee’s nests.

Once the gutter system is cleaned, consider installing gutter guards to avoid a repeat performance in the future.  There are many types of gutter guards available. Screens can be effective in the short run but eventually allow debris to get through.  Clogs will reoccur and can be even harder to clear since the screens will need to be removed first.  Leaf blocking guards, which look like metal covers that are installed above the gutter, are a more costly but more effective option at keeping leaves out of gutters.  The slotted covers allow water to leak into the gutter while washing leaves over the side.

No matter what gutter product you choose, it is important that you check gutters periodically as well as be mindful of signs of clogging like over-flowing in a rainstorm.

Remember, these tips are only general guidelines. Since each situation is different, contact a professional if you have questions about a specific issue. More home safety and maintenance information is available online at Or contact:


Dave Cobosco


409 Middlesex Turnpike

Billerica, MA  01821

C:  508-479-1773

O:  866-313-7732



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