Many homeowners today neglect the importance of regularly cleaning out their gutters. Gutters and downspouts prevent damage to fascia boards and will deter puddling which can later cause damage to your foundation walls. Allowing a build up of dirt and leaves into the gutter will cause overflowing and back ups in the drainage system that can leak into your basement. Clean gutters will collect rain waters into their piping system and channel rain away from the home which can cause major damage. Gutters can be cleaned out by a professional, but also done by home owners themselves if they are comfortable climbing ladders and can do the process safely. Many basement water issues are caused by homes not having rain water properly flowing away from the home. The first step in this process is to add regular gutter cleaning as apart of your home maintenance. This will save you thousands of dollars in future damage to your roof, landscapes and your basement. If you decide to clean your own gutters, be sure to be safe when climbing ladders and where the proper protection to insure no bodily harm.