(From The HouseMaster eNewsletter)
I have to confess that I neglected my gutters until recently. The water seemed to be coming out the downspout freely, and there aren't any trees real close to the house--well, besides the oaks... Anyway, I finally borrowed a neighbor's extension ladder a couple weeks ago and looked down inside the gutter. Who'd have thought it?! The gutter was full of shingle granules in hills and valleys with little ponds. I cleaned it out with a narrow trowel and must have climbed up and down that ladder a hundred times. Well, it seemed that way. I had to work my way down it again with a hose to get what I couldn't reach over the steps. It's not as clean as it could be, but we'll have to get someone to get the bulge out (the broom handle helped a little) and make sure it's firmly attached. It looks loose. Drat. I've read those warnings about checking your gutters for years! At least we didn't have plants growing in ours.