1. Why Is It Important To Clean Your Gutters?
The gutters protect your home’s roof, walls, foundation and landscape. If debris builds up in them, it could lead to sagging gutters, mold growth, wet basements, a leaky roof or water damage to the interior or exterior of your home. The debris build up can also harbor a home for insects and other pests.
2. Determine If Gutters Should Be Replaced, Repaired Or Cleaned
Cracks or splits, Paint damage and rust, Pools of water and mold, Water damage or water marks, Sagging gutters. All of these factors should push you to have your gutters replaced or repaired.
3. Practice Ladder Safety
If you are not comfortable on ladders, consider hiring a professional.
4. Check The Downspouts
Turn the hose on and spray down the spout. If the amount of water coming out is less than what is going in, there is a blockage. If you have a downspout that flows into an underground tiling system, you will need to remove the bottom end to access the longer length of the downspout.
5. Check For Gutter Drainage And Slope
Check for proper water flow and drainage. Also look for any leaks at the seams. If your gutters do not slope properly, call a professional to detach the hangers and adjust the gutters to the proper slope.
6. Complete The Gutter Cleaning
Professionals will seal leaking seams and joints with special gutter sealant. Always consider adding gutter screens to reduce the amount of visits you’ll need for a gutter cleaning.
7. Always Work With A Pro
If your gutters are pitched or installed incorrectly, your home could be at risk of water damage. Even worse, DIY or incorrectly installed gutters may void your roof warranty.
8. Why Hiring A Professional Is Worth The Money
Paying a licensed, experienced cleaner now could save you from more expensive