Here’s another weekend project for an October Saturday. It’s important to pay extra attention to your gutters in autumn because as the leaves fall from the trees, they’ll accumulate in your gutters. If you don’t clean them out, next time it rains, the gutter will be unable to catch and carry away water. So check out this article about gutter maintenance. It contains step-by-step advice on how to clean out your gutters, clean out your downspout, and patch any places where the gutter’s broken. Don’t worry—patching a gutter’s not as difficult as it sounds. All you’ll need is sandpaper, fiberglass mesh, and roofing cement. So head outside and get to work—you’ll be glad you did the next time an autumn rainstorm hits your area.

Hate cleaning gutters? Consider investing in a leaf guard so that you won’t have to deal with this problem next fall.