This is the time of year to be vigilant about clearing your gutters because keeping them clean helps avoid major home repairs.
The essential service gutters provide is controlling the water around your home, and clogged gutters are the number one reason for basement water problems. You want to avoid having roof water accumulate around the foundation, which can weaken the footings and lead to cracks.
This is especially true in the winter when water around the foundation can freeze and cause severe damage to the foundation walls.
Another potential hazard is ice dams which can form on top of clogged gutters. When water running off the roof is blocked by the frozen snow and backs up into the house, major damage can occur to your walls and ceiling.
So get out that ladder, or get someone else to get out the ladder, but make this chore a priority.