Get Your Mind in the Gutter!
Updated: Oct 3, 2019
Nobody wants to think about cleaning out the gutters, but it is a necessity. I will admit that as a new home owner I didn't give my gutter system a thought. Did you know that gutters can become so packed with debris that they can push apart and so heavy that they pull away from the house?
I experienced this first hand while enjoying a rainstorm on my front porch one early spring day. I watched my gutter pull apart from the house and water flood everywhere. It was so packed with wet debris ( honestly a few years worth) that it could no longer be supported . Cleaning out your gutters in mid to late fall when leaves are falling is a very important step in getting your home ready for cooler weather. You want to make sure they are clear of debris, not only to make sure that water can flow properly, but also to prevent wood rotting, pest infestations and damage.
Follow these steps to ensure you are ready for the long winter
Inspect Gutters: Make sure your gutters are still in place, all support brackets are secure and there are no bent or torn sections. Make any necessary repairs.
1. Clean out gutters and down spouts: Start by cleaning out near a downspout and work backwards along the gutter. Remove all visible debris such as leaves, sticks and twigs. You can do this with your gloved hands, a trowel or even a pressure washer.
2. Flush the gutters with a hose starting at the furthest end and working toward the down sports to remove finer debris.
This is a great time to make sure your gutters are working properly,
It is important to look at your gutter system while they are in use; you need to make sure that the water flows correctly, doesn’t flow down behind or outside the gutters and ensure there is no pooling.
Pooling of water can cause damage to your home’s foundation and surrounding landscapes.
Check back in early winter to remove any late falling leaves, then you should be good to go for the winter!