Now that autumn is here it is a great time to do some maintenance on your home to withstand the coming winter. One of the tasks people avoid or put off most often is cleaning their gutters and downspouts. Although it is not the most pleasant of work, it plays a very important part in protecting your siding and landscaping and keeping your foundation in its best possible condition. A damaged foundation due to a downpour in ill kept gutters could set a homeowner back by $10,000 or more in repairs.
Gutters should be cleaned at least once a year — twice a year or more if you have overhanging trees which can deposit leaves and other debris. Also, gutters often clog after big storms. It is a good idea to examine them after a heavy rain to see if they are clogged or need attention. Clogs often occur where downspouts connect to the gutter system — you will want to check these areas closely.
If you are venturing out to check or clean your gutters, take the necessary precautions. Dress appropriately by wearing rubber gloves, long pants and a comfortable long sleeved shirt or jacket. Cleaning can be dirty and messy so you want to make sure you are protected.
Also make sure you have the proper tools: a sturdy, quality ladder capable of reaching the necessary height, a gutter scoop or small shovel, a tarp where you can dump your debris (rather than your lawn) and a high quality garden hose. After you have cleaned out all the dirt, flushing the gutters and downspouts with a hose is a great way to see if you have any leaks or other issues.
Another option for dealing with chronically clogged gutters is to outfit them with gutter covers. These include mesh screens, clip-on grates, and porous foam.
If cleaning clogged gutters or maintaining them is something you would prefer be done professionally, Town and Country Professional Window Cleaning is a smart choice. They have over 40 years of experience working with windows and gutters and can take care of all your needs.
They can be reached at 847-256-5140.
Don’t wait until the snow flies, get your gutters inspected today!