Thursday, February 25, 2016

Clean Your Gutters Before You Clear Your Savings

By: Edward L. Blais, JD, CIC

Dirty and clogged gutters pose a serious risk of potential damage to your home. The winter evil to be avoided from clogged gutters is that they could contribute to the dreaded ice dams. For this reason, Blais Insurance recommends that you clean your gutters at least a few times a year. Considering that spring is just around the corner, now is the perfect time to get to work. Regular cleaning and inspection of your gutters could mean the difference between paying just a few dollars in repairs to paying thousands.

Before you begin, here are some supplies that you will need:
  • Ladder
  • Gloves
  • Bucket or Trash Bag
  • Garden Hose/Nozzle 
  • Safety Goggles
  • Small Brush or Trowel 
Once you have your supplies, here are some steps that you can take to properly clean out your gutters:
  1. For your own personal safety, use a ladder while cleaning the upper portion of your gutters. Do not attempt to clean your gutters from the roof. 
  2. The first gutter you should clean is the one closest to the downspout. Clean out all of the debris (sticks, leaves, twigs, etc.) and place it into a bucket for future disposal. 
  3. If you cannot reach everything, use a hose to flush out the gutters. If it proves somewhat difficult, use a small brush/trowel along with a steady water flow.
  4. Repair any leaks in your gutters. Use sealant if you have it or consult a professional if you have fiberglass or aluminum gutters.
In the event of any damage as a result of gutter leakage, it is important to have the right coverage. Blais Insurance has a variety of home insurance plans to match your specific needs. To make sure you are properly covered, call us today at 401-725-0070 or visit us at