We’ve all seen houses with roofs covered in leaves and pine needles and not thought much about it. Maybe you don’t think about what your gutters look like or haven’t checked yours since the last time there was a big storm. Clogged gutters may even be something you think is just a normal part of living in a home, but this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Like studying for a big quiz, gutters prepare your home for anything that might test its soundness: storms, rain, snow, insects and vermin. If your gutters aren’t in good shape, your home won’t be either, but knowing about good gutter health can arm you with all the right answers. Grab your pencils and notebooks and get ready to take some notes on how to maintain good gutter health.
Gutter Health Is More Than Just Clean Gutters
While it may seem that the only aspect of good gutter health would be to make sure that your gutters are free of all leaves, needles, sticks, mud and other debris, there is more to making sure your gutters are in good working order. Optimal gutter health includes making sure that water is flowing freely through the entire system through a comprehensive check for leaks and slow spots. This includes checking the downspout and any pipes which may connect to the downspout, including pipes underground. Good gutter health also includes making sure that there are no slope issues, which can cause water to pool or slow significantly. Any spikes or hangars that hold the gutters to your roof must be checked to see if they have recently come loose and then must be secured or replaced. Finally, all the seams, ends or any other part where sealant may be missing or where you may find leaks must be checked and mended.
Good gutter health doesn’t stop at just the gutters. A complete examination of any gutter system includes examining the space between the gutter and the wall, especially if there are any visible water stains on the side of your house.
Get Your Gutters Cleaned Several Times A Year
Not only do we recommend having your gutters cleaned seasonally, we recommend that you have them done six times a year. You may have heard that you should check your gutters in October as leaves begin to fall as well as in the early spring to clear away all the detritus and debris that have collected during the winter months. These are two great times to have your gutters cleaned, but it’s just as important to keep up with the health of your gutters throughout the year. By setting up a gutter service plan with regular check-ins for cleanings and repairs, you never have to worry that your home might be at risk of damage from rainwater or snowfall.
Reach Out To Ned Stevens
Gutter systems can only do their job if they are in good health, and to be as healthy as possible, they must be regularly maintained. Gutter pros, like the ones at Ned Stevens Gutter Cleaning®, are experts in handling your spring gutter concerns. Call today to speak with one of our team of professionals to schedule a gutter cleaning for your home. Our friendly customer service team can answer any questions about our plans and set you up with the best gutter cleaning plan for you and your home.