You probably don't think much about the gutters on your house until you see vegetation trickling out of them, but with a bit of maintenance, they do a lot of work for you. Gutters keep water away from your house, reducing the chances of water damage to your siding, windows, doors and foundation. You'll know gutters and downspouts are overdue for a de-clogging when water runs over them during a rain storm.
Clean them yourself with just a few tools: You'll need a ladder, a bucket, a gardening trowel (to scoop out debris), a garden hose, rags and a pair of gloves. Or if you're worried about safety, schedule a gutter cleaning with a professional service.
Ideally you want schedule your fall gutter cleaning after all the leaves have fallen from your trees.