Many homeowners tend to overlook the importance of their gutters. However, gutters play a crucial role in diverting rainwater and snowmelt away from your home’s foundation, walls, roof, and landscape. If you don’t keep your gutters in good shape, they could cause a lot of damage to your property that could cost you a lot of money.
Clogged gutters are a breeding ground for pests such as rodents, bees, wasps, and mosquitoes. They can also lead to the growth of mold and mildew, which can be hazardous to your health.
Cleaning your gutters isn’t hard, and it can help you avoid problems like these.
How do I know that my gutters are clogged
Plant growth on the top of your gutters or rainwater spilling over the edges during showers are indicators of obvious blockages. Leaking, sagging, or a buildup of algae in any of the joints or around the building are other signs to look out for. Don’t forget to look up next time you’re out and about, as those annoying moss crumbs that fall onto your patio and driveway can also be dropping into your gutters.
Gutter clearing professionals can perform ladder-less inspections using a high access inspection camera attached to a telescopic pole. With the camera monitor providing a clear view from the safety of the ground, you can have quick and easy eyes on and in your gutters. Contact your local specialist today to ensure the health of your gutters.
Why Clean Gutters are Important
Your gutters are designed to channel water away from your home’s foundation, walls, and roof. When they become clogged with leaves, dirt, and debris, they can’t do their job effectively, leading to a number of potential problems. These include:
- Water damage to your roof, walls, and foundation
- Damage to your landscaping and outdoor living spaces
- Pest infestations
- Mold and mildew growth
- Reduced curb appeal
- By keeping your gutters clean and clear, you can prevent these problems and protect your home.
When to Clean Your Gutters
The frequency with which you need to clean your gutters depends on a number of factors, including the type of trees in your yard, the slope of your roof, and the amount of rainfall in your area. In general, however, it’s a good idea to clean your gutters at least twice a year, in the spring and fall.
How to Clean Your Gutters
Cleaning your gutters is a fairly simple process, but it can be time-consuming and potentially dangerous if you’re not comfortable working on a ladder. Here are the steps involved:
1. Gather Your Supplies
Before you begin, you’ll need a few supplies:
- Sturdy ladder
- Work gloves
- Garden trowel or scoop
- Bucket or trash bags
- Garden hose with spray nozzle
2. Set Up Your Ladder
Place your ladder on a level surface and make sure it’s secure before climbing up.
3. Remove Debris
Using your gloves and garden trowel or scoop, remove any leaves, twigs, or other debris from your gutters. Place the debris in a bucket or trash bag.
4. Rinse Your Gutters
Once you’ve removed as much debris as possible, use your garden hose to rinse your gutters thoroughly. This will help flush out any remaining dirt and debris.
5. Check Your Downpipes
Make sure your downpipes are clear of debris as well. If they’re clogged, use a plumber’s snake or pressure washer to clear them.
Preventing Future Clogs
While cleaning your gutters is important, it’s also a good idea to take steps to prevent future clogs.
Here are a few tips:
- Trim trees near your home to prevent leaves and branches from falling on your roof and gutters.
- Install gutter guards or screens to keep debris out of your gutters.
- Regularly inspect your gutters for damage or signs of wear and tear.
By following these tips, you can keep your gutters clean and clear all year round, preventing potential damage to your home.
At ClickSteel, we believe that regular gutter maintenance is an essential part of homeownership. By following the steps, you can keep your gutters clean and clear, preventing potential damage to your home and property. If you’re not comfortable cleaning your gutters yourself, or if you simply don’t have the time, we’re here to help. Contact us today to schedule a professional gutter cleaning.