Spring is right around the corner, and that means some heavy duty outdoor work for homeowners. You have to plant your gardens, fix the lawn and power wash the exterior of your home.
Something that is often overlooked, yet a necessary item on any spring cleaning checklist, is prepping your gutters for April showers by rectifying any issues caused by the winter months.
Curious about where to begin? Here’s a list to get you started.
Clean out the Gunk
Winter is a harsh season on pretty much everything, and your gutters are no exception. Over the winter months, grime and gunk can accumulate in your gutters. Give them a nice cleaning before spring grime begins to gather in them. After all, it would be twice as hard to clean them after spring, and you increase the chances of leaking and damage if you postpone the cleaning.
Prune the Excess
For all of those trees that hang over your roof, get the pruning shears (or chainsaw if necessary) out and do some pruning. The overhanging branches can cause serious damage to your roof and clog your gutters with their fallen debris. For instance, a fallen limb can completely wipe out your gutter system or put a hole in the roof of your home.
Your gutters are essential to keeping your home in tip-top shape during the floods of spring. So check their security by gently tugging to see if your gutters are firmly secured to your home. If they aren’t, they can come loose during the heavy downpours in your future. That can cause damage not only to your gutter system but also to your roof and even your siding.
Check for Leaks
Before you start getting the torrential downpours of spring, you need to check your gutter system for leaks. Be on the lookout for holes or even cracks in the caulking. If they are too severe, you might need to replace the entire system. Other signs of gutter issues include corrosion, sagging, bending and missing fasteners.
Check the Downspouts
Downspouts are notorious for becoming clogged with leaves and other debris. If your downspouts aren’t properly flowing, water and other debris can back up and cause leaks and damage. Be sure to unclog them by removing all of the leaves and other debris.
Call in a Professional
Checking your gutters can be potentially dangerous and a major hassle. They are on the roof after all. You can save yourself a lot of time and a lot of effort by calling us. We will clean, inspect and repair your entire gutter system, ensuring it is prepared for the entire spring season.
Do you have more questions about preparing your gutters for spring weather? We would be happy to answer them for you! Don’t hesitate to contact us with your concerns, questions or to schedule an appointment.