As much as we’ve all enjoyed the long, warm summer, things are cooling down again. There’s been a much needed break from the yard maintenance that comes with winter storm damage, and we find ourselves once again in the middle of the fall season.
Beyond raking leaves and reseeding bare patches of your lawn, there are a few areas of your home that need a little care and attention during the fall months. Not the least of these is your gutters.
Keeping Your Gutters Running Smoothly
While you might not think of your gutters as a system that needs to “run smoothly,” that’s exactly what they are! Your gutters are the first line of defense against flooding and pooling around your foundation, window and siding rot, and all kinds of other issues that come with water damage.
It’s important to treat your gutters like every other system in your home--with proper care and maintenance. In the winter months, clogged gutters can spell disaster for your roof. Too much debris can cause snow and ice to build up, creating leaks and other problems. Check out our past articles on winterizing your roof and keeping your gutters in good repair before winter hits.
If you take the time to assess your gutters every fall, they’ll be in great shape for the harsher weather of winter.
4 Essentials of Gutter Care
- Clear out leaves and debris. Leaves, pine needles, and sticks can fill up your gutters over time and cause flooding. It’s best to use gloves and wait for a dry day, then clean out all the debris you can reach. You can also hire professionals to clean your gutters.
- Check your alignment. Are your gutters hanging straight? How about the fixtures and hardware? If your gutters are sagging in places, this causes pooling that will only get worse over time. Ensure your gutters are held tightly in place, and mounted straight.
- Test the flow. If it hasn’t rained in a while, pour a pitcher of water in various areas of your gutters, and watch for cracks and leaks. Even small leaks can grow more severe in the winter months, so it pays to address any damage as early as possible.
- Think about an upgrade. If your gutters have been sitting in place since you bought your home, they could probably use some TLC to help them run as smoothly as possible. Things like gutter covers, filters, or seamless gutters are all great options to improve and upgrade the efficiency of your gutter system.
Gutter Installation, Repair, and Replacement in Maryland
If your home is in need of new gutters, look no further than RoofPRO. We’re your local experts in every aspect of roofing and exteriors, and we can help you select a gutter system upgrade that will suit your home’s needs. Reach out to us today for an estimate!