Preparing Your Gutters for Fall

 

Fall has officially begun in St. Louis, Missouri, which means it is time to prepare your home for the fall and winter seasons. This preparation includes gutter maintenance and gutter cleaning. It is very important to make sure your gutter system is up to par and your gutters are free from any debris such as leaves and limbs. Gutters that are not cleaned out can only cause problems down the road. Follow these tips to make sure you are prepared for the upcoming seasons.

    • – Thoroughly clean your gutters. It may be a tedious task but gutter maintenance needs to be on the top of your list of things to do. Cleaning your gutters could mean picking a weekend climbing a ladder to focus on getting out all of the debris and every tiny seed, limb, and leaf from the trough of the gutter and the downspout. If you do not feel like you can do this yourself, hire a professional to do it for you.
  • – Have an inspection completed. Make sure you inspect your gutters often. This can help you save a lot of money in the end. During inspection, look to see if the gutters and downspouts are sagging or pulling away from your house. Also check to see if the seams are starting to split, the downspouts are loose, and if the gutters are full of debris. Inspecting your gutters, maintaining them correctly, and replacing them when need be will save you from stress and aggravation.
  • – Trim branches. If you have trees that have limbs and branches hanging over your house or gutter, make sure have them trimmed. Trees and branches grow during the summer and therefore can be right over your troughs. As the wind blows, the leaves, seeds, and any loose branches fall straight into your gutters, causing them to clog.
  • – Keep rodents from moving in. The cooler temperatures and precipitation of Fall causes nature‚Äôs furry friends, such as mice and squirrels, to seek higher ground for warmth and shelter. The concave of the gutters and the covered exit of the downspout make great places for these creatures to nest and get cozy. To help with this possible issue, purchase some rodent repellant and coat your gutters with it after you clean and repair them.
  • – Hire a professional. Unless you are a gutter professional, you may not know how to go about making sure your gutters are ready for Fall. A professional gutter service team can take a look and see what issues you might have with your gutters and repair them if necessary. They can also install a leaf guard that can stop leaves from falling into your gutters and clogging them. This is also keep you from having to clean them out often.

There are many ways that you can get your gutter system ready for Fall, all of which are vitally important. Performing gutter cleaning or gutter maintenance will only prepare you for any type of weather Mother Nature sends your way. If you need professional assistance with your gutter cleaning and maintenance, contact Gutter Pros so our trained staff can help make sure you have a safe, frustration-free Fall that you can enjoy.