Continue reading to learn some helpful tips for proper gutter maintenance, and who to call if you need a new gutter system installed before the winter is here.
You will know it’s time to clean your gutters as soon as you notice a backup of organic waste, water, and garbage along your roof’s edge. Organic waste includes leaves, twigs, branches, dead insects, and more. You may also notice standing water around your downspouts, which can also indicate your gutter system is clogged. Depending on the time of year and the region you live, the frequency of gutter cleaning will vary.
It is important to clean your gutters out on a regular basis for a few reasons. First, it will prevent excess weight from ripping them down. Not only is this a costly repair, it can be a safety hazard as well.
Second, clogged gutters are also known to contribute to basement leaks, foundation inconsistencies, pavement erosion, moisture damage, mold growth, and more. All you need to clean your gutters is a sturdy ladder, utility gloves, garbage bags, and some manual labor. The amount of time it takes will depend on how extensive and dirty your gutter system is.
Preventing Clogged Gutters
Aside from routine cleaning and maintenance, the best way to prevent your gutters from becoming clogged is to install gutter guards to stop leaves and other debris from getting caught inside. You can also have overhanging trees trimmed and pruned regularly as well. Gutter guards are easy to install and available at most home improvement stores.