As many property owners know, there are a multitude of duties and a laundry list of chores when it comes to maintaining and tending to your household.
The obvious chores tend to be the ones which get taken care of on a regular basis: Weeding the garden, painting the front door, and vacuuming the house. Be that as it may, the work your house needs that is not always obvious can lead to neglect of said maintenance.
In this blog, we would like to bring your attention to your gutters. Something that almost every home has, yet something which many a homeowner fails to properly tend to.
As an integral part of your property, one of the main purposes of your gutters is to send water and moisture off your roof and away from the foundation of your home. Therefore, it is paramount that your gutters are free of debris and leaves so they can do their job in keeping your foundation from becoming weak and from water damage occurring to other areas of your home.
In addition, unattended and blocked gutters can break, splintering off and causing damage to the main structure of your home. This lends to the rule of thumb that checking and cleaning your gutters will undoubtedly help you to maintain the integrity of your gutter system. Not just for the fall season, it is also wise to check your gutters after a strong storm during any season.
As an extra tip, always be aware of your surroundings and your limitations when venturing on to your roof or using a large ladder / extenda-ladder. Something as simple as an out-of-nowhere gust of wind can cause you problems. While we are promoting DIY skills and know-how, never be too proud to call a pro when you feel like the repair or maintenance is beyond your grasp.
5 Simple Steps To Clean Gutters
- With the proper angle, using a leaf blower or a machine similar to this can work wonders. Make sure you are wearing safety goggles and not blowing the debris into on-coming wind.
- Some type of hand-held scooper can be useful in clearing out the hard-to-get moist and sodden leaves and debris
- A high pressure water hose can really do the trick as well. However, like with the leaf blower, you want to mind a few aspects if this is the route you are going to take: Be careful not to chip paint off your house and be careful not to blow debris and other materials towards your neighbors property.
- After you are done clearing out the main shoots of your gutters, various plumbing tools can be used to clear out the downspouts; just make sure whatever plumbing tool you are using is long enough to reach from the top of the downspout to the bottom.
- Lastly, a sound proactive measure is to keep all branches and nearby trees trimmed and manicured. This will save you a lot of time in the long run.
And when all else fails, give your friends at Durability Roofing and Construction a call.