LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- If you live in an area with lots of trees this is a busy time of year for you.
Fall leaf pick up can be a full time job and your yard isn't the only place those leaves are gathering.
It's a chore no one likes to do, but this is the time of year, and if you don't clean your gutters regularly you could be asking for trouble.
"Your gutters are really your first line of defense against water problems in your home," says Angie Hicks from Angie’s List. In some cases this is an invisible problem until the big rain storm hits, which is often too late to discover your gutters are clogged.
Jeremy Mitchell's home and landscape sustained water damage as a result of overflowing gutters. “The water was just coming in and was just pouring over the side. And so what we set out to do was fix the problem more or less. How do we control the water and divert it away from the house," explains Mitchell.
If you can't get up there yourself you may want to hire a professional. Angie's List says it will cost you between $75-$200. That pails in comparison to the $2,000 it will cost to buy new gutters. As to how often you should clean your gutters, that's a judgment call, but if you live around a lot of trees, you can't clean them too much. "It depends on the amount of trees around the house. Some people we have to clean their gutters several times a year, other people are just once in the late fall after all the leaves are down. Some people are spring and fall," says roofing contractor Paul Hoolahan.
Angie Hicks says two times per year is the average and don't think you're off the hook if you have gutter guards. The experts say even with leaf guards up to 20 percent of leaves and other material get's through.
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