Cleaning Your Gutters 101
Have you ever thought to clean out your gutters? The answer is probably no. But, don’t worry, a lot of homeowners don’t think to invest their time into this. Let’s be honest. Who does? However, this home maintenance care routine can be very beneficial for your roof in the long run and not doing it regularly, can lead to trouble. At least, eventually it will. Most homeowners might not care to spend time cleaning their gutters. But, you should… at least once or twice a year.
When leaves and shrubbery begin to build up in your gutters, it can cause them to sag and snap, for pests to make a home there, and for mold to begin to grow. But, leaves are not the only thing you have to worry about. If water becomes stored in the gutters, it can cause excess damage to your roof and fascia. That water can leak into the roof, flow into your basement, and mess up your foundation. Yeah, it can get messy.
But guess what? This can definitely be prevented if you take those few minutes (okay maybe hours) to clean your gutters. It’s never too late to start. It will not only protect your roof, but it’ll protect your entire home.
When Should You Clean Your Gutters?
You should clean your gutters at least once in the Spring and once in the Fall. If your home is surrounded by trees, you should be doing it even more. Specifically, the best time to clean them is when they’re completely dry. However, you may have to do it more or less due to the condition of your home and the number of years of structure. The foundation of your home and the interconnection between the gutters can display a significant challenge for you to handle on your own. This is why if your gutters are too complex, we recommend you hire a professional.
Cleaning: What’s the Process Like?
It’s important that you start at the downspout. That is the most effective way to clean the gutters without encountering any other problems that may clog the drain. You can use a garden tool or your hands (with gloves on) to scoop out the leaves and sediment. Although, you can use a variety of tools, using your hands is usually more helpful than the any garden tool. With your hands, you’re able to maneuver more and achieve a closer clean. Whichever process you choose, it should be repeated for all of your gutters.
There are some other options you can consider to ease this process. Mesh guards and gutter whiskers can be of assistance. What exactly are these you may ask? Gutter whiskers lie in the gutter and prevent gunk buildup and leaves from coming in and causing minor problems. However, they’re usually on the expensive side, depending on where you find them. Mesh guards serve as a netting device that goes over the gutter and are typically less expensive than the whiskers (hint hint, we recommend these).
Safety – Please Be Careful
Were you thinking about cleaning your gutters from the roof? Save yourself from this potential danger. Using a ladder is the safest route to go to prevent you from being injured. The gutter cleaning process is typically an easy one, but it can become a hard one if you’re not using the proper precautions. It is wise not to reach out further than your body can extend and climbing the ladder as slowly and carefully as possible. We recommend you always take the extra precaution and invest in additional equipment that can be used to assist you with maneuvering around with your ladder.
So, when do you plan on cleaning your gutters? Hopefully, sooner rather than later. Might as well take care of that today.