Do you know what happens if you don’t clean your gutters often enough? They get clogged and water spills onto your roof and siding. Eventually, this extra moisture will start to deteriorate your building.
The good news is, this scenario is really easy to prevent. That is, it’s not hard to clean your gutters. And we’re going to show you how to do it with this guide.
You’ll also learn how often you need to do this and whether it’s best to leave it to professionals. Keep reading to learn all about it.
1. Clean Your Gutters Once a Year
In general, gutters need to be cleaned once per year. However, some properties require more frequent cleanings.
For instance, if your property has tree branches that hang over the roof, your gutters will likely get clogged with debris more quickly. Plus, clear your gutters of ice if this is an issue during winter. Aside from this, you should also clean your gutters in the following situations.
2. You’ve Never Cleaned Your Gutters
If your gutters have never been cleaned (to your knowledge), do it now. Or at least check them.
3. They’re Dirty
Get on a ladder and take a look at them every few months or after a storm. If they’re dirty, clean them.
4. Your Gutters Are Sagging
Sagging is a very bad sign. It means that your gutters are so filthy that the weight of the debris/moisture is causing them to sag.
This can cause permanent damage to your gutters so that they need to be replaced. Thus, in this situation, you should have your gutters looked at by a reputable gutter company, like Above All Gutter VAC.
5. There’s Water Overflowing
Water spills out the side of the gutter when it’s clogged. This will cause serious damage to your house if you don’t fix it soon. Clean out the gunk that’s clogging it or call a pro if you need help.
6. You See Icicles
If icicles are dangling from your roof, it might be frozen overflow from your gutters. Check to see if they’re clogged with ice. If they are, have professionals clear the ice away for safety reasons.
7. There Are Things Living in Your Gutters
Moss and plants growing in your gutters will soon clog them, if they haven’t already. If there are rodents or birds scurrying around in there, their nests will clog your gutters, too. The longer you wait to clean this out, the more difficult it will be.
How To Clean Out Your Gutters
First, you need a dependable ladder and a tarp. Lay the tarp under the gutters.
Next, you can clean dried-out gutters with a leaf blower. Or, put on some gloves and scoop out the gunk manually. Lastly, take a garden hose and rinse the gutters out.
Clean Your Gutters According to These Guidelines
Keep your property protected from water damage by cleaning your gutters according to these guidelines. Also, keep this page bookmarked for reference so you won’t forget.
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