Get your mind on your gutters
You try to keep your mind out of the gutter, but sometimes your thoughts need to be on gutters, rain gutters. Every fall, think about how you’ll make sure the gutters on your home are free from leaves and other debris. Vibrant colorful leaves are one of the best parts of fall, bringing memories of cozy sweaters, pumpkins, and hot apple cider. As those leaves die and fall off the tree, however, homeowners are also dying inside with the thought of having to clean the gutters. Cleaning the gutters is an important part of regular home maintenance but many of us never get around to it. Unfortunately, if you keep your head down and ignore the problem, there will be consequences.
Why cleaning your home’s gutters is important
Leaves are notorious for clogging up the gutters on your home’s roof. This leads to gutters falling off your house, potential flooding problems, and maybe even a cracked foundation. For most people, yearly rain gutter maintenance is all it takes to protect your home from this damage but it depends on what kind of trees you have. Certain types of trees drop needles, pine cones and leaves all year long, which makes more frequent cleanings a necessity.
When to clean rain gutters
It’s worth the time and effort to clear your rain gutters as soon as the trees are bare and the leaves stop falling. If you can get it done before the snow flies, that’s ideal. The most important thing to consider when planning your gutter maintenance is when the rainy season hits your area. You will definitely want your gutters cleared before the storm comes and when the debris is dry.
How to clean gutters
If you’re tackling this gutter project by yourself, all you need is a ladder, work gloves, a garden hose, and maybe a plumber’s snake. Cleaning gutters can be dangerous, so be cautious when climbing and avoid power lines. Experts suggest using the buddy system to have someone else hold your ladder firmly in place. Once you’ve safely climbed the ladder, attach a bucket or bag with an S-shaped hook to the ladder for an easy way to dispose of larger debris. Use the garden hose to rinse away remaining leaves. For stubborn drain clogs, use the plumber’s snake. While cleaning rain gutters is necessary home maintenance, it’s a lot of work and can be dangerous. Many homeowners choose to hire the professionals for safe, hassle-free gutter maintenance.
While you’re cleaning the gutters of your home, you may notice some damage. Damaged gutter systems may be leaky, dented, coming unattached or simply not draining properly. If you notice these telltale signs, it’s time for to update your home’s gutters. Since gutters are actually important protection for your home, you want to take care of this problem quickly. At J-Tech construction, we offer a variety of gutter solutions installed by industry experts. Let us help improve your home’s exterior this autumn so you can keep your mind out of the gutter.
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