What’s happening in your gutters?
When was the last time you checked out your gutters? With all this blustery weather blowing around debris, it’s not a stretch to say your gutters are probably full of seasonal material—which limits their usefulness in times of precipitation. In our previous blog, we touched on cleaning your gutters as part of your fall prep routine, and it’s such an important piece of keeping your house protected through the winter and into spring, we decided to expand on it in a blog of its own. So, if you want to know how to keep your gutters operational and your home safe from water damage, here are some things to consider.
Why is gutter-care important?
Generally accepted knowledge says we should clean our gutters twice a year, once in the spring and once near the end of fall. Having clean gutters keeps water flowing away from our house. So, any rain or melting snow should be directed enough distance away to prevent any leaks or water damage. In other words, if your gutters are clogged up, water could back up onto your roof, which can flow beneath your shingles causing rotting and other damage.
Moral of the story, gutter care and cleaning is critical.
The good news.
You can avoid these issues with some fairly simple maintenance, and when done regularly, it prevents larger scale damage and costly repairs. A few things you’ll need:
- Dust mask
- Safety goggles
- Trash bags
- Hose with high-pressure nozzle
Once you have your materials, you’re ready to start cleaning your gutters.
To start, you want to make sure your ladder is set up in a safe fashion and is stable as you climb to your gutters. From there, you’ll start scooping out leaves and other buildup into a trash bag. Gloved hands will work just fine, but a garden trowel is also a good option. Once the bulk of the gunk is cleared out, you’ll rinse the gutter with your high-pressure hose, making sure to always direct water and debris toward the downspout. Finally, use your hose to clear out the downspouts. (Also, keep in mind that a leaf strainer can be a great option to keep leaves out of the downspout to prevent future clogs.)
We hope you found this helpful! We know how much time you put into taking care of your home. That’s why we put in the time to create the home of your dreams. Remember to keep us in mind for your remodel needs and contact us today for a free estimate!