When it rains, it pours, and that saying can do a lot of expensive damage to your home if your gutters are clogged or damaged. Every inch of rain translates into about 1,200 gallons of water pouring down your roof if you have a 2,000 square-foot home.
If your house gutters are clogged, all this water spills over the sides of the gutters and down your walls. The water can then pool around your foundation causing erosion and foundation cracking, and these repairs can cost about $10,000 to repair.
How Often Should You Clean Your Gutters?
You should clean your gutters at least two times yearly—once in the early summer and also in early winter after all the leaves have fallen.
If you have several trees around your house, you may have to clean them more often. You could always buy gutter guards to keep your gutters clean if you have a lot of trees.
How to Clean Gutters
You need a sturdy, extendable ladder. Always place that ladder in a sturdy spot and use the stabilizer. You should always have a helper for an extra hand.
Make sure you wear a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, and rubber gloves. This is a dirty job.
Use a plastic scoop to remove the debris. You can buy gutter scoops or just use a child’s sandbox shovel or plastic kitchen spatula.
Add a tarp over your workspace for easier clean-up and to protect your landscaping and lawn.
After you remove all the debris, take a garden hose and flush out the gutters. This will also help you spot any leaks. If you have a leak, you should address it immediately or replace your gutters or that portion. If you need to replace your gutters, make sure you find a reputable contractor.
After gutters are clean, you should repair any sagging metal by mounting a gutter hanger.
Other Things to Watch For
It’s important to keep an eye on your gutters for any other damage. Spring is a great time to do a quick check for any damage from the winter. You should also inspect as you clean in the fall.
Look for gutters that are sagging. They will usually start to sag around the mid-point. This will prevent the water from traveling through the downspouts.
You can fix this with gutter hangers. Be sure you use metal hangers because plastic hangers break easily.
Look for water coming out the ends of the gutter by the downspout. If it is leaking, you may need new end caps.
You should also look that your downspouts are not loose. If they are loose, the can bang on the side of the home or move with the wine. You can strap them down with downspout straps.
Maintaining Your House Gutters
It’s important to clean your gutters at least twice a year. You also want to inspect your gutters regularly to make sure they are not sagging, leaking, or loose.
If you need help with your house gutters, contact us today. We would be happy to assist you and help you find the right gutter system for your home.