- gutters should be free of clogs
- gutters should not have holes or gaps at the joints
- gutters should not be sagging or pulling away from the house
- gutters should be properly pitched
- downspout drains should have extensions
Every spring we see advertisements that encourage us to freshen up the exteriors of our homes. It’s so easy to get excited about adding beautiful flowering plants and fresh mulch to our landscapes. Everyone wants their home to have great curb appeal. However, few people realize how important gutters are to maintaining the curb appeal of their homes.
Spring showers are great for greening up your landscape but if your gutters are leaking, those beautiful foundation plantings are taking a beating. Make sure you look up during those rain showers to be sure your gutters are not overflowing and are draining the rain water away from your home’s foundation. Stop any water erosion by having your gutters cleaned, repaired or replaced.
Gardening is hard work and we want our efforts to pay off for many years to come. Don’t let the rain wash away all your hard labor. I have learned this lesson the hard way; one of my spring projects is to add soil and grass seed to an area where the soil eroded due to an overflowing gutter. Don’t let this happen to you.