autumn-fall-guote-leaves-Favim.com-2112986With record heat waves and frequent evening thunderstorms, it seems unlikely that Summer will ever end.  It can feel like the peak of the season, but August signals the end of hot weather and long nights.  Labor Day is a month away, kids will be going back to school, and temperatures will dip: Fall is coming!

There are home maintenance tips for each season, and one of the most important “to dos” each Autumn is preparing gutters for falling leaves.

Your roof’s drainage system annually diverts thousands of gallons of water from your house’s exterior and foundation walls. That’s why it is so important to keep this system flowing smoothly. Clogged gutters can lead to damaged exterior surfaces and to water in your basement. They are also more prone to rust and corrosion. Before the leaves fly this fall, have your gutters cleaned, then covered with mesh guards to keep debris from returning.

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Image: Bob Villa

Below is a video made by Lowes: