Home Maintenance: Gutters
Home maintenance: gutters. Gutters may go practically unnoticed when you look at your house. However, they are the main line of defense between your foundation and siding and the elements. Gutters are designed to capture water and debris runoff from your roof. They divert it away from your foundation. One of the main causes of water accumulation in basements is a lack of gutter maintenance and proper water diversion.
Clean your gutters at least once per year. Physically remove debris from the channels and rinsing them thoroughly by using a garden hose. Avoid installing gutter guards. Not only do these not adequately prevent debris from entering your gutters, but they also make it extremely difficult (if not impossible) to properly clean your gutter system.
You should also regularly check that your gutters are properly affixed to your fascia boards. Replace any sections that appear to be damaged or leaking.