Fall is quickly approaching, whether we are ready for it or not! While you may not be happy with the cool crisp air, the pumpkin flavors that overtake the markets and cafes, or the fact that apples have taken over your refrigerator, you can’t avoid this season altogether.
There are a few things that everyone, including yourself, must do to prepare for the cooler weather that fall brings. One of the items on your to do list should be getting your gutters and downspouts ready for everything that winter will bring.
Here are 5 steps to get your gutters and downspouts ready for fall:
Inspect and Clean Your Gutters and Downspouts
It is necessary to inspect and clean both these, because doing one and not the other can lead to issues later on. Pull out all the leaves and sticks before spraying the gutters and downspouts out with your hose. As you are cleaning, check for any loose brackets or screws that might cause your gutters to pull away from your house. This is also a good time to check for leaks and uneven sections.
Make Necessary Repairs
The damage that you have found cannot wait until spring to be repaired. We recommend patching any holes, replacing screws and brackets, and fixing the uneven areas.
Keep the Critters Away
Small animals like squirrels, mice, and even birds will find that your gutters and downspouts are cozy and warm during the winter months. Therefore, you will want to deter them from creating homes in them. This can be done using a humane repellent or simply checking for nests every once in a while, and removing the ones that you find.
Install Gutter Guards
Gutter guards will make your life so much easier in the future, as they keep leaves, sticks, debris, and animals out of your gutters. You will still need to remove small items that get through and wash the dirt out a couple of times a year, but other than that, you can ignore your gutters.
Consider New Gutters
As you are performing all the work above, you may need to consider installing new gutters. After all, sometimes patching leaks or replacing screws and brackets is not enough. We know that you would prefer to deal with the issues now instead of the middle of winter when you have water leaking in your roof from the latest storm.
These five steps will ensure that your gutters and downspouts work well this winter season, as they keep the water away from your home. If you are unsure of how to clean your gutters or if they need to be replaced, give a professional a call to assist you.