It is important to keep your gutters free of debris that can create clogs, which can lead to expensive water-leaks and damage.  Many of the problems caused by gutters that have not been properly cleaned are listed in Tom Kraeutler’s article Gutter Cleaning Tips to Avoid Major Repairs, which was posted at  These include such things as:

  • Cracked foundations
  • Rotten wood
  • Leaking roofs
  • Slippery sidewalks
  • Cracked driveways

Most of these problems can result in extremely expensive repairs so it is best to engage in preventive maintenance. When cleaning gutters, Kraeutler recommends that you adhere to the following tips:

  • Stay safe: Avoid hazards such as bee’s nests and electric wires and call a professional if you are uncomfortable with heights
  • Clean gutters: Work from one end to the other using gloves and a hose and tightening any loose gutter sections you may encounter.
  • Spray the spouts: Using a hose, spray water down the spout to ensure that it is clear.
  • Consider installing gutter-guards: This can reduce the amount of maintenance that must be performed going forward.

Learn more by reading the full article here.

If you need assistance cleaning your gutters or if failure to keep them clear has resulted in damage and leaks, Chicagoland homeowners can call Baltic Home Improvements for help. We are fully licensed and insured and are ready to help you. Contact us today.

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