Properly cleaning your gutters is an important part of keeping up with your home’s maintenance. Your gutters are a system built onto your house, and need to be able to function properly to do their job and keep you and your belongings dry all year-round. It may even be easier to not have gutters at all, rather than one that aren’t working correctly. Choosing when to clean your gutters can make them last longer and stay in the best shape possible. After the last of the fall leaves have came off the trees is the best time to clean out your gutters for the winter.
They Are a Structural System
Along with being a convenience, gutters make the rainwater go where you need it to. Without gutters, the water would flood and erode your mulch and soil. The water that ends up pooling can soak all the way into your home’s foundation and ruin it. There is a drainage system built into your home’s foundation, but it isn’t there to be able to handle all the rainwater that misses the gutters.
Preventing Gutter Damage
Gutters can get clogged, even if you don’t live in an area with many trees. Even a small amount of leaves can get stuck and create a dam for water to get stuck. Make sure you clean them out before the leaves and moisture freeze in place and break your gutters when rainwater tries to pass through. Water is a pretty heavy element, and can weigh down the gutters to make them sag or become unaligned. Try to prevent this from happening by keeping your gutters cleaned out!
Professional vs Do-It-Yourself
For some, cleaning gutters can be a scary and dangerous project, especially if you have a larger, tall home. Climbing onto your own roof can be a scary task that many don’t want to do themselves. If you don’t feel comfortable getting up there and scooping out the leaves, call a professional gutter cleaner. Don’t prolong the cleaning process just because of the danger of getting up on the roof. Gutter professionals do this as part of their job, so let them know you need assistance.
J&J Home Improvement can help you with your gutter needs. Whether it’s installation or cleaning, we can be the home improvement company for you and your house. Give us a call at 508-436-6374 or fill out our contact form. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you out with your gutters!