Most of us use our plumbing system on a daily basis and don’t think much about it. Faucets, toilets, and showers get used several times per day and are never paid much attention to. But, they are each very important parts of the whole system, and must be kept in top working condition in order for the whole system to work properly.
Much of your plumbing system is buried in the ground under your home, so the parts of it that you interact with every day are only a very small portion.
The plumbing system outside of your home is ever more far removed from your mind, and your rain gutters are probably not even considered part of your plumbing system. While they are not directly connected to your plumbing system, they do play a vital role in protecting your home from water and should be properly maintained the same way that you maintain your plumbing system.
Your rain gutters are installed around the outside of your home along the roof line and are designed to keep water from flooding the basement or crawl space of your home. If too much water gets under your home, the results can be extremely hazardous in the form of mold, mildew, mosquitos, and pest infestation. Some pests like termites or wood ants love wood that has been damaged by water rot, so it is essential to the protection of your home and your family that water not be allowed to puddle or flood under your home.
Here are some steps to keep your gutters clear:
- Use the proper safety equipment, including; gloves, glasses, and a mask. Sticks and leaves can have sharp stems or ends, which may gouge your hands and fingers.
- Carefully climb a ladder with a small garden shovel or screwdriver. Make sure your ladder is on a flat surface, and isn’t unsteady. Ask someone to spot you if you are doing this alone.
- Use the garden shovel or the screwdriver to carefully scoop the debris out of the gutter and onto the ground below, you can rake up the all of the gutter debris when you are done.
Keeping your rain gutters clear all year around – and, especially during the spring rain season – is essential to protecting your home from water damage and to protecting your family from the infestation that can come after.