Late spring is a great time to care for your gutters. Throughout spring, there can be so many different weather conditions, including heavy rain as well as high wind that can cause leaves, needs or other debris to fall into your gutters. Not to mention, through the fall and winter, ice and snow can actually damage them.
Proactive, and protective home-owners, can use the late spring season to really give your homes gutters much needed TLC before and after the next seasons elements come back into play. This proper care can help identify any damage, potential leaks, cracks or blocks or clogs in down spouts – all of which could lead to costly repairs or even a whole new gutter system!
So before your may long weekend camping getaway or first summer trip to the beach, we recommend spending a lovely Saturday or Sunday afternoon taking care of one of the most important structural element of your home, and often neglected part of your home: Your Gutter System
A thorough yet simple cleaning can go a very long way to extending the life of your homes gutters. However, cleaning your gutter system can be a dangerous job, so please ensure a few safety tips before getting started:
- Make sure you have a sturdy standalone ladder — one that you don’t have to lean against the home or gutter system.
- Always take your time heading up and down a ladder, and make sure to let a family member know that you will be doing ladder work.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help in studying the ladder as you use it.
- Wear a very durable pair of gloves and protective eye-wear. The last thing you want to happen is to poke one of your eyes with a twig or small branch!
Check your Work!
Once your work is completed, make sure to check your work to ensure you haven’t missed anything, including any debris or any potential leaks/cracks.
- Once you clean out all of the leaves, sticks and other obstructions, check for leaks.
- Rinse the gutter down spout with a garden hose to remove all leftover items and check for smooth water flow. Crank the hose up a bit, allowing you to really test your gutters for leaks or blockages.
- Obstructed down spouts can lead to water and, eventually, ice build-up once the weather turns colder. This can contribute to shingle damage and even interior leaks — both potentially costly issues that can be mitigated with some simple gutter care
If you have concerns about cleaning your gutters or the shape of your gutters, speak to someone that knows gutters. You’ll never regret it. Contact us anytime to discuss our services and get a free quote!