Spring is a great time of year: flowers bloom, birds chirp, and those of us in colder climates begin to shake off the winter doldrums. It’s also the perfect time to get started on your yard maintenance and home-improvement projects. While you may have already complied a to-do list of outdoor chores, if gutter inspection and cleaning isn’t on your agenda, we’d suggest putting at the top of the list.
Why the urgency? Well, when functioning properly, gutters do a great job of collecting and funnelling water away from your home, protecting your roof, siding, fascia, and foundation from damage and mould. But winter snow and ice can wreak havoc on your gutter system and, since most gutter issues are hidden from view, many homeowners only notice a problem once their system begins to malfunction. By that time, it’s often too late to avoid a big problem. To protect your home, it’s best to take a proactive approach
Gutter inspection is a two-step process. First, if it is safe to do so, give your gutters and downspouts a through examination. Be on the lookout for any for material problems like rust and corrosion. Next, check for any structural damage like sagging sections or loose, bent, or missing fasteners. Replace, tighten, and reinforce, as necessary. If you don’t feel comfortable making repairs on your own, or you are unable to safely access certain portions of your system, don’t hesitate to call in Dynamic Gutters for some professional help.
Once that’s done, head outside during the next good rain and verify that water is smoothly flowing from your downspouts and that your gutters aren’t overflowing. If you notice a problem, odds are your system is blocked and is in need of a good cleaning.
The best way to ensure your gutters are functioning properly is to clean them regularly, at least twice per year. However, if you live in an area with a lot of trees and dense foliage, as many of us in British Columbia do, you should be cleaning your gutters more frequently.
For the do-it-yourselfers out there, we have some good news and bad news. The good news is that gutter cleaning isn’t exactly rocket science; you’ll need to scoop out each gutter, flush the system with water, and clear any obstructions in your drains and downspouts. To make things easier, here’s a handy breakdown of the tools and equipment you’ll need to do the job right. The bad news, however, is that it can be strenuous and dangerous work.
If you’re tired of regularly cleaning your gutters, or would prefer to spend less money on professional maintenance, you may want to consider installing a gutter guard system. Gutter guards, which come in several varieties, including screens and curved covers, help minimize the amount of leaves and other debris that gather in your eavestroughs. Less debris means less maintenance, something sure to put a smile on any homeowner’s face.
Plus, you can rest easy knowing all Dynamic Gutters systems include a forty year warranty on materials and a five year warranty on labor and installation. Interested in discussing how gutter guards can make your life easier? Get in touch with us today!