Your gutters redirect water away from your home to help prevent problems, so it’s important to keep your gutters clean to protect your property.
Keep Your Gutters Clean to Prevent Damage
When gutters are filled with debris, they are more likely to crack or become detached from the house. In cold weather, water will pool up in the clogged gutters and freeze. Frozen water expands and can damage your gutters. The water and debris will also weigh down the gutters, possibly causing them to break free from the fascia.
Save yourself the trouble of having to repair or replace gutters and keep them clean to prevent damage. Inspect your gutters every spring and fall and clean them as needed. You may have to do this multiple times during the year if there are a lot of trees surrounding your home.
It’s important to keep your gutters clean because clogged gutters can damage your fascia and roof if they are full and water floods onto your shingles. Gutters full of leaves and other debris also make ideal nests for critters. If you have a nearby garden bed, excess water pooling can damage it, so a steady, reliable drainage system is a must.
Cleaning Your Gutters is Easier Than You Might Think
Cleaning your gutters is not difficult, but a few simple tools will help you do it the right way. You will need an extendable ladder, a good pair of work gloves (preferably waterproof), and a bucket. If you don’t want to use your hands, you can always use a trowel to scoop out leaves and other debris. You may want to use a plumbers snake for clogs in the downspout.
Scoop out any dirt and debris with your hands and dump it into the bucket. The bucket keeps the mess contained instead of spreading it all over the yard. If there is stubborn dirt caked on the gutters, spray water through the gutter system with a garden hose. Start at the farthest location from the downspout and let your hose run for at least 10 minutes to give it a really good flush.
Invest in Gutter Guards to Keep Your Gutters Clean
It’s important to keep your gutters clean, so if your gutters get clogged frequently, you may want to consider investing in gutter guards. These covers will help to keep out debris like leaves, pinecones, and sticks. There are a number of different kinds to choose from. They are fairly easy to install, but if you have a steep roof or simply don’t have the time to do it, hire a gutter professional.
You can also invest in a downspout cover, but you will still need to clean your gutters regularly. Gutter covers simply help cut down on the amount of dirt and debris that gets into them, but they will not replace regular cleaning and maintenance.