Gutter maintenance is a significant, yet often neglected part of keeping your home healthy. Like other tasks, neglecting gutter upkeep will make for a much more difficult process down the road. It can also lead to gutter and roof damage, For more information on how clogged gutters can negatively affect your roof visit our post on cleaning your gutters.
The first requirement of this process is a sturdy ladder. Make sure it has a sufficient weight limit and is in good shape. Position your ladder against your gutter and climb up with a gutter scoop or something of similar fashion. Be prepared to get messy and have a tarp underneath you for the falling debris. After you have removed the gunk, wash out your gutters with a hose. Ensure that there is proper drainage and that your downspouts are not clogged. If you do notice drainage issues, you can clean your downspouts out pretty easily with a broom handle.
After following these steps to clean your gutters, it is wise to determine if damage has incurred. The main indications of damage you want to look for are sagging and cracks. Sagging shows that the gutters are not properly draining and that it is time for a replacement. Cracks in gutters can easily allow water to flow under shingles or on fascia, leading to many more problems and money spent. Get your gutters repaired promptly if cleaning does not fix any problems you may be having, and especially if there are signs of damage.
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