Summertime is a great time to enjoy the outdoors, but it’s also important to keep up with regular home maintenance tasks. One task that often gets overlooked is the cleaning and maintenance of gutters. Summer is the ideal time for gutter maintenance and to make sure that any gutter issues are taken care of before the rains and leaves of the fall arrive. Here are a few tips for maintaining your gutters this summer.
Remove All Debris
When you’re checking your gutters, the first thing to do is make them visible by removing debris from around them. Protect your hands by using gloves and scoop out any debris such as tree sticks, pine needles, and leaves from your gutters. Make sure that the gutters are clear of any remnants that have fallen over the past season.
Remove Any Nests
Gutters allow high perches for animals to build their nests. Typically, by the summer nesting birds will have fled, giving you a chance to check the old nest for signs of life and safely remove it from the gutter if it’s empty. If you notice any wasp nests that are inhabited, they can be removed by calling a pest control company.
Clean the Gutters
Once you’ve removed all the debris from the gutters and they can be seen again, it’s now time to do a thorough cleaning. Use a scrub brush with a gentle abrasive or soap to clean out the gutters. Before starting do a test patch of your brush and cleaning product. If you notice areas with a lot of mold, algae, or moss this could signal a drainage problem and it’s best to contact a professional gutter company for an inspection.
Check for Damage
After you’ve cleaned your gutters, areas can be seen that are rusted, holes that need to be repaired, or places where the gutter is damaged. Sagging areas can be moved upward with pliers. Any areas with rust or holes, and gaps or leaks need to be repaired or replaced.
Repair Any Leaks
Look inside and outside the gutters to check for areas that can leak. You’ll want to notice if there are any areas of buckling or visible holes. You can also run a little water through the gutters to find any smaller leaks. If you find a leak, it’s best to call in a gutter professional.
Inspect Your Roof
While up on the ladder cleaning the gutters, it’s a good idea to look at your roof since it works together with your gutters. Check for any loose shingles that can cause leaks and ponding water from clogged or poor gutters. Any areas of poor repair or gutter problems need to be repaired.
Install New Gutters
Since the summer season tends to have the least amount of rain and snow than other months of the year, this makes it the perfect time to work on long-term gutter maintenance. If you’re considering installing new gutters or downspouts, the summer dry season is the ideal time for that. To greatly reduce maintenance in the fall, installing gutter covers prevents the fall leaves from entering and clogging your gutters.
Keeping your gutters clean and in good shape is an important part of your home’s maintenance, especially during the summer months. While these tips can be done yourself it is recommended to be done by a professional gutter company. If you need gutter cleaning or repair services, please call our expert team at Legacy Gutters today. We provide top-quality service at a competitive price, and no job is too small or too large for us!