Gutter maintenance is an integral part of roofing and exterior home maintenance. When it comes to keeping your home looking good year-round, your gutters are an essential place to start. When the seasons change, you should always give your gutters a thorough inspection to avoid exterior home damage or even roof damage that can be caused by debris buildup, extreme weather, or water retention. Gutter maintenance is especially important in the spring, after a long winter of freezing and snow buildup, since these things can cause cracking, warping, and other problems with your gutters. Here are some tips to help you with gutter maintenance.
One of the simplest ways to keep up on gutter maintenance is by cleaning any debris out. Using a ladder to climb up to the gutter height, clean out any leaves, mud, and other debris. When these things build up in your gutters, it can cause them to sag and break. Too much trash can result in drainage issues around your home or even cause damage to your roof. Be sure to wear sturdy work gloves when cleaning out your gutters, as mold or sharp debris may have built up over the winter season.
You’ll want to look over your gutters regularly to ensure they stay clear of debris. It’s also a good idea to inspect them to identify any cracking, warping, or other damage that may require your attention. Check to make sure your gutter spikes are securely fastened and replace any that may need replacing. It’s also imperative to check for leaks and loosened rivets on the downspout, as these can cause costly water damage over time. Small-scale gutter maintenance now can save you on repair costs down the road.
Once you have thoroughly inspected your gutters and you address any needed repairs, you should give the gutters a full wash with a pressure washer. By following the instructions on the pressure washer and making sure you have secured the screws and spikes properly, you can efficiently clean out your gutters without causing any damage and avoiding rusting and other issues. Rusty gutters may require replacement, but you can also maintain them by removing the rust, sanding and painting the gutters, and using an anti-rust coating. With proper gutter maintenance, your gutters can last for years.
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