Just like your roof, your gutters may need maintenance from time to time. From a quick visual inspection from the ground to thorough cleaning, make sure your gutters are in top form. Follow these gutter maintenance tips to keep them in shape for years to come.
Every now and then, especially after heavy rain or high winds, walk around your house and check your gutters. Are they leaking or rusted? Do they sag or are they securely fastened? Is water pooling around your foundation? If you notice any of these problems, you may need gutter repair or replacement. Unless they are completely rusted, you can typically repair any gutter problems on your own or you can call a professional roofer.
Keep Them Clean
If you have large trees around your house, you have probably dealt with cleaning leaves out of your gutters. If not, now’s the time! Any debris that runs off your roof can get stuck in your gutters. You may find leaves, acorns, pine needles, shingle granules, twigs, bird nests, and more. Remove any debris and pay special attention to the downspout. To make sure water is flowing properly and for an extra cleaning, use a water hose to run water through the downspout. If you notice a clog, you may need to call a professional.
While you’re up there, check the spikes to make sure your gutters are securely fastened to your home. You may need to replace them if they have worked themselves out of the rafters.
Whenever you are using a ladder, you should follow the instructions and be careful. Make sure the ladder is secure before climbing, and stay off of the top two or three rungs. Do not reach too far while using the ladder. Tip: It is easier and safer to clean your gutters from a ladder rather than from on top of your roof.
If you need gutter repair or replacement in Bridgeview, IL, call Prusak Roofing at (708) 422-2624. Our expert roofers can upgrade your gutters to a new, rust-resistant material or provide more tips on roof and gutter maintenance.