With all the responsibilities that come with our houses, first-time homeowners may be overwhelmed at the prospect of keeping track of everything that has landed on what can feel like an ever-expanding to-do list. While rain gutters may not always be the first thing people think of when it comes to owning and maintaining a home, they are an integral and often overlooked part of the place we live.
It’s safe to say that nearly everyone knows that on their most basic level, rain gutters help drain away rainwater. In doing so, they help protect against damage from flooding and leaking in the home. But they also help prevent landscaping damage, mold growth and decay, so it is important to prioritize the health and effectiveness of the gutters on your property.
Homeowners can pay a costly price down the road for the mistake of overlooking or putting off the essential upkeep and maintenance that gutters require. Here are a couple pointers about how to avoid or address some common pitfalls of new homeownership:
Don’t wait for your gutters to be filthy and overflowing with leaves and other debris. Make it a point to regularly clean your gutters out and, in the process, keep an eye out for rust or rot of any kind.
Another thing to look out for is making sure downspouts aren’t clogged or broken. Remember that standing water can quickly become gross and smelly, attracting pests like mosquitos that no one wants to deal with.
You never know what you might find in your gutters, either. Keep an eye out for children’s toys and other items that may clog your gutters and cause you issues. It can be helpful to determine a maintenance schedule, even if it’s just loosely followed. It will pay off in the long-run.
Prioritize your safety
People looking to cut costs around the house may take the initiative to handle gutter problems themselves rather than calling in the professionals.
Don’t forget that people get hurt frequently going up onto ladders without taking the proper precautions – even on a one-story house. It’s worth the extra effort to take care to avoid falling or otherwise hurting yourself. Rain gutters can get slippery, so never rush when you’re inspecting or cleaning them out.
If you want to check your gutters and clean them out yourself, always err on the side of caution: Ask someone to be your spotter and hand you tools. If you live in a two-story home, the risk just goes up the higher you do. If you’re hesitant about the height or don’t have the proper equipment, you’re probably better off calling the professionals than risking injury.
Know when to call in reinforcements
It’s one thing to take on the upkeep of your rain gutters, but homeowners should be aware of issues that warrant calling in the professional. If your gutters are leaking, rusting or clogging at the slightest provocation, take advantage of Gutter Pros’ free inspections to find out what may be causing the issues and how to take care of it. Call us today at 314.656.7194!