Gutters are a normal feature on houses across the U.S., but a lot of people have never stopped to wonder what they actually do. These roof accessories are a huge part of moisture control for the home. Keeping gutters clean promotes good drainage, prevents roof leaks and keeps your basement high and dry all year long.

How To Clean Your Home’s Gutters Quickly and Easily

A few times a year, it’s a good idea to check and clean your gutters. You can enjoy the outdoors as a family and finish this easy home maintenance project in a single morning or afternoon. Everyone needs a ladder, some work gloves and a spotter to get started. After that, just dig out accumulated leaves and branches. If you really want to leave things (no pun intended) squeaky clean, you can clean leftover dirt with a moist towel or a sprayer, but it’s not essential.