The Inspector Newsletter
March 2015: Spring Maintenance
Maintenance Matters

Maintenance Matters

It’s Time for Gutter Maintenance

Spring is approaching, and that means it’s time to clean and check your gutters again, preferably before the spring rains begin. To do this, you’ll need a ladder, a bucket or trash can and gloves. Cleaning the gutters isn’t hard, but many people do find it tedious, especially on two- or three-story homes.

  1. Make sure when using a ladder that you practice proper ladder safety. Click here. to read our blog article on ladder safety.
  2. Climb the ladder and remove leaves and debris from the gutters and place in the bucket or trash can.

That’s all there is to it. Happy cleaning!

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Did You Know?

Proper Length of Downspout Extensions

What is the proper length for downspout extensions? The short answer is, “as long as it needs to be to divert the water away from the home’s foundation.” But how long is that?

It really depends on the grading around the foundation. If your yard slopes toward the house, then your downspout extensions are going to need to be longer than if your yard slopes away from the house. Typically the rule of thumb for downspout extensions is a minimum of 2 to 3 feet; however if your grading is sloped toward the house, the extension may need to be 4 feet or longer to prevent water from accumulating around the foundation.

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