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What's the best way to avoid clogs in gutters?
Make sure the gutter is free of leaves, twigs or pine needles. Cleaning regularly or installing gutter guards is your best defense against water damage.

Can Do-it-yourselfers install gutters?
Certainly, if you are a regular Mr. Fix-it and are comfortable on a ladder, you can put up sectional gutters but you’ll need a qualified gutter contractor to install the seamless gutters.

What are the different types of gutters available?
All gutters are either sectional or seamless. They come in various materials, sizes and colors. See our Helpful Hints for Choosing Gutters for more details.

How can I get more information?
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How can I tell if my gutters aren’t draining properly?
If during a rainfall, you can hear the water slapping the ground, pouring over the sides of the gutter, there may be a blockage or the gutter itself may not be aligned evenly. If you notice paint peeling or corroded wood that means the gutter is most likely clogged and is causing the water to overflow and run down the back of gutter along the exterior walls of the house. If you notice mold or if you see puddles of water forming around the outside of your house it's a sure sign that there are drainage problems.

Does insurance cover water damage caused by faulty gutters?
Standard homeowners' policies do not cover water damage caused by "maintenance" problems, such as continuous or repeated water seepage or leakage, humidity or condensation problems, or landscaping or drainage problems. Homeowners' policies also exclude water damage caused by floods. Therefore, if one of these water or moisture problems results in mold, it would probably not be covered by your policy.

There is water dripping from the ceiling and the windows? What could be causing that?
Oftentimes if you've had a recent snowfall and the snow is unable to flow freely through a gutter because of a clog, ice dams occur. Water has no place to go so it seeps into the house causing water to drip from the ceiling and walls.

How can I protect my home from the elements?
Regular inspections and maintenance can prevent problems before they begin. Inspect your roof for punctures, cracks or breaks. Each year, clean and inspect rain gutters, downspouts and extensions for leaks or holes. All types of manufactured home roofs should be checked once a year - whether shingled, metal, vinyl or fiberglass. See our Home Exterior Protection Checklist for other "must-dos".