As much as everyone eagerly awaits summer's warm weather, they're often just as happy when the cooler days of autumn finally arrive. There are many activities associated with the season such, as visiting pumpkin patches, shopping for apple cider, or just taking a relaxing drive through the countryside to enjoy the colorful landscape.
However, if you own a house, don't forget to allow a little time for fall home maintenance tasks when making out your schedule. And perhaps one of the most important autumn chores: ensuring your gutters are ready for winter's severe weather.
How much do you know about your gutters and their function? While many people choose their windows, doors, and siding to create a certain look or make a statement, very few are concerned about their gutters other than wanting them to be as unobtrusive as much as possible.
However, just like the exterior components that receive a little more publicity, your gutters play a big part in protecting your home during inclement weather. Gutters provide a drainage system that prevents water running off your roof from landing next to the foundation where it could cause basement leaks or even structural damage. Every homeowner should perform a gutter inspection as one of their fall home maintenance tasks. Here's what to look for:
Is doing a gutter inspection a DIY project? Well, that depends on the height of your house and how comfortable you are on a ladder. If your home is over one story high, it might be a good idea to hire a contractor.