Since fall is almost here, one of the things that you want to do is prepare your gutters for fall. Below are four things that you can do to prepare your gutters for fall and make sure that they are ready for the season change.
Prepare Your Gutters for Fall Tip 1- Clean Your Gutters and Downspouts
First, before fall begins, you want to clean them. use your garden hose and flush out the twigs, leaves, and debris from your gutter system. When you’ve done, put gloves on and wipe any debris that remains in the gutters. Use soap and warm water to finish it off.
Make sure that you’re checking your downspouts along with the surrounding areas since debris can accumulate in the areas. If you have a clog in the downspouts, it’s possible you’re going to have to take your system apart, clean out the clog, and then put it back together.
Prepare Your Gutters for Fall Tip 2 – Inspect the Gutters & Fix the Damage
Once you have cleaned your gutters, inspect the system to see if there’s damage. Check for cracks, leaks, holes, and missing hardware. Make sure your gutters aren’t pulling away, missing sections, or sagging, and that your downspouts fit tightly.
If there’s damage, immediately fix it. These kinds of small issues often lead to bigger issues down the road, like damage to the roof of your house or water seeping into your foundation.
Prepare Your Gutters for Fall Tip 3 – Trim Your Branches
Branches and trees often grow during the summer. So you want to eliminate any kind of branches that are growing over the roofline. These kinds of overhanging branches often lead to seeds, leaves, and other kinds of debris going into the gutter, which can cause clogs in the future.
Prepare Your Gutters for Fall Tip 4 -Repel Unwanted Visitors Such as Rodents
When the weather starts turning, the small critters are going to seek shelter and warmth. Your gutters are going to be a welcome place to them. So you want to use rodent repellant on the gutters. This will help keep the furry friends from going into your gutters and also prevent the damage that they may cause.
These are four things that you can do to help prepare your gutters for fall. If you are interested in having some help with your gutters, contact us. We are glad to help you get them cleaned out and ready for the new season.