Cleaning and Organizing Calendar

October: Gutter cleaning

Depending on where in the country you call home, by October your foliage may have come and gone and you've been spending weekends raking the yard. Once the leaves have fallen for the season, it's a good time to clean out the gutters and downspouts, or risk them overflowing during the winter.

Maintaining your gutters is important. It prevents water damage to your home's windows, doors, siding and foundation. To do so, you'll need to do the following:

  • Remove loose debris with a garden trowel
  • Flush each section of gutter with a water hose
  • Check the downspouts: If water doesn't flow freely, try to loosen the debris with the hose. Still not clear? Try to snake it out with a plumber's auger.

For safety's sake, work from a ladder below your gutters rather than from on top of the roof. If you're uncomfortable working at heights, this is one chore for which you should call a professional service.