Gutters are a crucial part of your home. They work by keeping rain water away from the foundation of your home and protecting it, preventing water damage from affecting your home. But in order for gutters to properly do their job, you will have to consistently keep them clean and clear of debris. Unfortunately, gutters can also provide homeowners with the extra hassle of having to keep them maintained. While gutters effectively keep rain away from your home’s foundation, they also collect debris like leaves, twigs, etc., that will get into the gutters, clogging them.
In addition to clogging, the added weight of debris filling up your gutters, can cause the gutters to pull away from the roof. They can sag and become hazardous.
Cleaning your gutters can be more than just a minor hassle though for many homeowners. To clean your gutters you will need to climb up on a ladder and physically clean out the debris. Over the course of a lifetime, homeowners will spend countless hours cleaning gutters. The process can be unsafe.
Trim Branches and Foliage
If you are fairly handy or even if you do not mind hiring someone else to do the job for you, it will be a very good idea to trim any overhanging branches or trees above your gutters. This will automatically minimize the amount of debris that can regularly clog up your gutters.
After any big storms you will want to check your gutters to make sure any larger branches or piles of debris have not gotten in there. Never forget that you can call a professional to help with the job, your safety comes first.
Make Sure Gutters are Hanging Correctly
If you have a problem with your gutters clogging very often, you may want to call someone out to double check that they are hanging properly. Gutters need to be angled correctly and if they are not, this can absolutely contribute to the problem of clogging.
One solution to this problem is a product like a gutter dome. Gutter dome is a screen that keeps debris from collecting in the gutters, but still allows rain to get through. Gutter domes are probably the easiest solution and require the least amount of maintenance. Once they are installed you will not have to worry about gutters that will clog, sag, or cause you any problems.
Call a Professional
If gutters are not kept clean, the structural integrity of your home could be at stake. But still, cleaning gutters is oftentimes the very last thing on a homeowner’s to-do list. A lot of us do not even think about our gutters until there is an obvious issue. Cleaning your gutters is time consuming. Spending a little time now thinking about solving these problems can save you a lot of time and energy later.
Gutters can become clogged easily, so if you haven’t been able to check your gutters lately, you can call Scott-Lee Guttering at (314) 756-9440. Scott-Lee Guttering can do maintenance on your gutters and install a gutter dome to help prevent clogs from accruing.