Your gutter system is an important part of your home’s drainage system. When problems develop in the gutter system, it can cause increased rainwater falling down your home’s exterior and onto the foundation, which can lead to water damage and leaking into the basement areas. If you maintain your gutters, they will serve their function for many years. Here are 3 tips you can implement to maximize your gutter system’s lifespan.
Home maintenance experts recommend cleaning your gutters at least twice each year, in the spring and in the fall. The spring cleaning will help to remove debris deposited during the winter that can become a good hiding place for vermin. In the fall, you can remove dead leaves easily become they become a soggy mess. You should always wear gloves and a dust mask to protect yourself from messes you may encounter during cleaning. A trowel will help you to remove soggy, heavy debris from the gutters.
Trees that hang over your gutters can deposit a large amount of leaves that can clog your system, in addition, tree limbs can cause damage to the gutter system during windstorms and when laden with snow and ice. Trimming tree limbs back will help to prevent these problems. If the trees are mature, trimming them may pose a safety issue. In this case, you should contact an experienced tree trimming service to do the job safely.
Homeowners should also do a thorough inspection of the gutter system each spring to detect any damage from the winter weather and to ready your gutters for spring and summer rains. If you prefer not to get up on a ladder, contact a reliable gutter contractor, like those at Burke's Roofing, who can do the inspection safely and thoroughly. The contractor will be able to advise you on any necessary repairs to prevent rainwater damage around your home. Small leaks, holes or separations can then be quickly repaired to preserve the life of your gutter system.
Homeowners often forget about their gutter systems, until a problem develops that requires an expensive repair. You can stay on top of minor repair issues, so your system can protect your property for the maximum amount of time. If you follow these tips, you will ensure your gutter system performs the way it was designed to do. And you can avoid unnecessary expenses for repairs and replacement.