Beautiful fall foliage isn’t so pretty when it accumulates and blocks your gutters. Add twigs, rain, and low temperatures, and your gutter system is really put to the test. Once your system is clogged, water will back up and overflow the gutters, leading to major roof, siding, and foundation damage, as well as ice dams. Your gutters could also pull loose from their anchor points and collapse from all that added weight. Here’s how you can make sure your gutters are prepared for fall leaves:
Clean, Inspect, and Repair Your Gutters
While you should be cleaning your gutters once a month most of the year, you should be cleaning them twice a month during the fall season. Flush your gutters with your garden hose and then wipe away any remaining debris (don’t forget your outdoor work gloves). If it’s been a while since you’ve really cleaned your gutters, wipe them out with soapy water and a sturdy sponge. Once your gutters are thoroughly cleaned, you can properly inspect them for any visible holes, cracks, leaks, and corrosion. Check joints for loose brackets, screws, and gutter straps and look for sagging gutters, trapped water, and excessive wear and tear. If you find a small leak, you can most likely take care of it with a sealant or gutter repair tape, but if you find a big leak, you need to call a professional.
Don’t Forget Your Downspouts and Downspout Extensions
Insert a water hose at the top of each downspout to check that water runs through it freely, using a plumbing snake if you find a blockage. Once downspouts are clear, make sure that they are securely fastened to the gutters and to the house. Each downspout should be correctly positioned to direct water 3-5 feet away from your house to prevent pooling water, erosion, and foundation damage. If they don’t, add downspout extensions to divert water farther away from your home.
Install Gutter Guards
If you don’t have them yet, now is the time to install gutter guards. These maintenance-free guards will add an extra layer of protection to your home’s exterior and can be installed on your existing system. Rainwater can collect and move through your gutters while the guards keep out leaves, twigs, debris, and rodents.
Install a New Gutter System
After inspecting and cleaning your gutters you may have realized that your gutter system is in need of multiple repairs. Rather than repairing and replacing various sections, it may be time to upgrade to a new gutter system. Don’t delay! A single autumn storm could result in significant gutter damage, which could then damage your home’s exterior and possibly the interior!
It’s time to prepare your gutters for the autumn season. Taking time to perform some preventative maintenance, add gutter guards, or upgrade your gutter system today will save you money and stress in the future. Call SuperiorPRO and let us tell you about all the great ways we can help!