Once gutters are put up, they are often ignored until heavy rains come and water beings spilling over against your home, into your yard, or onto your patio. Since they can fill with flying leaves, falling foliage, or blowing debris, it is important to know how to maintain your gutters and when they should be cleaned. Here are three ways you can help your gutters keep your home safe from intruding water.
Check For Broken Connections
Each spring, when the weather has settled, and the storms are over, walk around your home and check the gutter’s connections to your house. If you see a loose securing tie or connector, or if one of the corners looks as if it has busted through, you could have a problem when the rains begin pouring down.
Watch For Signs of Water Problems
During the cold months, the hail, wind, sleet, and other fall and winter storms can batter your gutters. Also, the heavy wind beating against lines that are full can cause enough pressure to impact structural integrity or break welds. If heavy hail storms or windblown sleet fill the gutter tubing, the weight can break the gutters off your home. When possible, look for signs of winter damage to your gutter lines.
Contact Gutter Cleaning Company
Whether or not you find problems during your examination of the tubing, call in a gutter cleaning company for a yearly maintenance inspection. The company can inspect your lines, tubes, and connections to make sure all the gutters are secure. After cleaning the system and making necessary repairs, your gutter company can also offer to install guards and screens for your gutters to prevent debris buildup.
Your gutters help protect your home from unwanted water. Protect your gutters with the three steps listed above to make sure they have a long life and continue to keep water away from your home.