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Living room sofa; clear, 45.9 F 0619

We are having a stretch of extraordinary weather. I spent a good amount of time outside enjoy the warm sunny afternoon. It surely will not last.

Gutters filled with debris

As fall progresses, the list of chores changes. When all the leaves are off of the trees, yard cleanup commences, at least for a little while. One item that is fairly important to do every year is to clean out the gutters. As mentioned in a previous post, the gutters, downspouts, and underground pipes used to collect rain water and conduct it away from the basement are an important system. Any problems with those will lead to extra water getting in the basement, which is not a good thing.

Close up view of the problem

After we replaced the siding, I had seamless aluminum gutters installed. These are well worth the money. Like any gutter, they do collect debris over the course of the year. During summer, small sticks break off trees and collect in the downspouts. The hickory tree in the front yard drops copious amounts of nuts every fall. Leaves, pine needles and other things all buildup until rain water cannot make it to the downspout and overflows the gutter.

Removing accumulated leaves, pine needles, nuts, twigs, etc

If that continues for too long, mold will begin to form on the cinder block foundation walls.

Job completed

The best way to prevent that is to get the ladder out and clean them out. It is not a difficult job, just inconvenient. Doing anything on the roof of any building is always a little dangerous. Many people think that the most dangerous jobs are things like police officers, fire fighters or crewing one of those Alaska crab fishing boats. Nope. Those are dangerous jobs to be sure. However, according to OSHA the most dangerous job is roofer. Unfortunately for them, it is also an extremely tedious job. I guess that is why no one ever made a TV show about sweating, sunburned workers repetitively nailing shingles down to the roof and likely swearing like a drunken sailor on shore leave in Olongapo. I may or may not know anything about that last part.

Anyway… Be careful up on the roof.

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