Gutters are easy to overlook. However, not checking up on them can lead to big issues down the road, and a big bill. Ignoring an issue can cause your roof to lose shingles, have leaks, and even sag and crack if the water buildup continues. Regularly checking and cleaning your gutter can save you time, money, and a headache later.
Why check your gutters?
Your gutters are designed to protect your home by directing rainwater safely away from the building, but they can’t do that if they’re damaged or clogged. If not properly maintained, gutters can cause problems that won’t take long to go from mild to severe.
As your gutter overflows, the water will often pool on your roof. This can lead to a myriad of problems such as sagging, cracking, excessive shingle loss, and leaks, which can also result in a mold problem. Overflowing gutters can also cause large amounts of damage to your siding and can cause it to rot or crack. In addition, much of the water will pool at the bottom of your home, leading to flooding and even foundation damage. Overlooking gutter maintenance can be a big problem for your home, literally from top to bottom.
Cleaning Your Gutters
You don’t want your gutters, roof, or any other part of your home to sustain damage. While gutter cleaning is not necessary a difficult task, it can be dangerous. If you know you need a gutter cleaning or repair, it’s best to call a professional to ensure your safety and a job well-done. Having an annually scheduled gutter cleaning can also save you time!
If you decide to clean your gutters on your own, you should take some precautions. Be sure to protect your hands and arms by wearing long sleeves and gloves. You should choose a ladder that is the appropriate height and is stable enough to support you. Once you’ve removed all the debris, flush the gutters with a garden hose to ensure the flow is no longer blocked.
To prevent buildup of leaves and debris in your gutter, especially in the fall months, a gutter cover may also be a good option for your home. They are durable and prevent clogging by covering the gutters and ensuring a constant flow. While they still need to be checked, the maintenance will be far less than a gutter without.
Gutters play a crucial role in maintaining the health of your home—your roof included. If you suspect your roof or other areas of your home may have already sustained damage, contact a professional to help you figure out your next steps. For more home maintenance and repair tips, subscribe to our blog!