Gutters play a pivotal role in a home's water management system, but maintaining their gutters does not occupy a noticeable slot in their to-do list for many homeowners. Some of them understand they should take action to keep their gutter system clean and healthy but fail to do so because they do not know where to begin. Generally speaking, a gutter system collects rainwater from a home's roof and then channels the water to the ground through a downspout.
The absence of a powerful gutter system could result in several issues, including stability challenges in a home's foundation, occurrences of soil erosion, basement flooding etc., to name a few. A gutter should usually be cleaned at least twice annually, but more often, if you have trees overhanging, your gutters and your location experiences frequent storms. No matter the type of gutters you have, they must be maintained efficiently to thwart potential future issues and challenges. Read on to learn the different aspects of gutters and how to keep them clean.
Make sure to follow a disciplined cleaning schedule
The best method to keep your gutters functioning efficiently is regular maintenance and cleaning. As mentioned before, a gutter should usually be checked for cleaning at least two times a year. In the spring and again in the fall. Remember that homes surrounded by trees may need more frequent annual gutter cleanings. If your location experiences heavy storms, the cleaning frequency should also increase. Jot down a reminder on a calendar and stick to it.
Bonus Tip: If possible, try not to clean gutters immediately after a storm because the debris accumulated in the gutter system will be soggy, hindering the process of cleaning efficiently. You may want to wait for a few days when removing the debris will be easier.
Use gutter guards to prevent debris from entering your gutter system
Also known as gutter screens or gutter covers, gutter guards are thoughtfully designed to restrict leaves, twigs, and other types of debris from entering the gutters. They also support the task of draining away water from a house efficiently. In the long run, these guards will prove beneficial because they can reduce maintenance costs. Guards and covers are available in many different designs on the market. Is the installation of guards enough? The answer is NO. While they help you keep the gutters clean and in healthy condition, they do not offer full-proof protection against every kind of debris. They are one of the ways to keep your gutter system functioning efficiently.
Make sure that gutters are correctly positioned
When it comes to the effective functioning of your gutters, their position matters a lot. Inadequately sloped gutters will not channel the water away from home or may cause water to drain too fast, resulting in damage to a home's exterior. Suppose you believe these issues are affecting the performance of your gutters and eventually making it useless. In that case, it's time to call an expert who will check the tilt and slope and accordingly fix the existing issues.
Trim/cut down nearby trees
If trees are overhanging your gutters, it is a good idea to trim and cut them down periodically. Doing this will prevent leaves and other debris forms from entering the gutters. Just be careful and take an expert's help in the absence of experience and needed tools.
Regularly inspect gutters
To keep gutters clean and healthy, it is essential to check them regularly and remove leaves, twigs, and debris.
Hire a professional gutter cleaning service provider
Homeowners without sufficient knowledge and experience should not carry out the job of cleaning their gutters independently. Each year in the U.S., more than 500,000 people are treated, and about 300 people die from ladder-related injuries. (Source)
Going solo will increase the need for going up and down the ladder, which may increase the chances of accidents and injuries. If the gutter is close to a power line, the act of cleaning can be dangerous too. Also, uncleaned gutters are a favourite environment for birds and insects. The decaying leaf matter may have bacteria that can pose serious health risks.
It is always a good idea to seek an expert's help for all of these reasons. A professional gutter installation and cleaning service provider understands the risks and has the required tools and training to conduct the cleaning and maintenance tasks efficiently.
Morin Gutters never uses subcontractors, and all of our installers are personable and highly trained. When you hire Morin Gutters, you hire a company specialising in all seamless gutters. For information on gutter installation estimates in Hamptons, gutter installation estimates in Suffolk County and more, please contact Morin Gutters NOW!