14 Things Every U.S. Homeowner Should Do Once a Year

Clean Your Gutters

Buildup from fallen leaves and pine needles can rot and eventually clog the downspouts and even damage parts of the gutter. “As gutters help the home to cope with heavy rain flow, they’re bound to accumulate debris throughout the year that can obstruct the flow of water and lead to overflowing,” Gesuelli says. Hire a professional if your gutters are high enough to require a special ladder.

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