Have you even taken a moment to look at your gutters yet this year? We know, we know – You’ve been busy and have been doing a million things trying to get everything ready for summer and you would rather be relaxing and enjoying the beautiful weather that has finally arrived!
Well, we have some bad news for you. If you do not take the time to get your gutters ready for this upcoming season, you may have some additional work and issues to deal with in the future.
Since you haven’t cleaned out your gutters since the fall, (you did clean them out last fall, right?) it is time to clear all the dirt and debris out of them once again. You are going to find a plethora of dirt, leaves, twigs, and even possibly a bird’s nest or two in them. After all these items are cleaned out, the water that falls into your gutters will flow freely once again.
As you are cleaning out your gutters, you are going to want to inspect them for damage. This damage could have been caused by falling tree limbs, ice damming, or basic wear and tear over time. A gutter that is leaking or rusted is not going to work as well as they should, which means water could leak out where you do not want it.
We recommend taking care of your gutters now, instead of prolonging this chore till the fall, because then you will be ready for all those summer thunderstorms. The rain from these storms can bring an abundance of rain at once, and unless your gutters are in excellent condition, they will not be able to handle it all. And, that can cause numerous problems.
A few problems that we normally see when a person doesn’t take the time to clean out and inspect their gutters include them pulling away from your roof and house. This can cause damage to the fascia boards and make it where water can enter your home in those areas. Clogged gutters can also allow water to fall over the sides of the gutters, causing damage to your foundation and possibly cause flooding in your basement.
We want you to enjoy your lazy days of summer, so take the time to clean out your gutters now and prevent the additional maintenance that could be required if you don’t.