“Leave it to the professionals,” you hear it all the time said about everything from healthcare to construction. Sometimes the do-it-yourself route works out well, but there are times when the professionals do know what’s best. When it comes to gutter cleaning, repairs, and inspections, you can sometimes clean your gutters by yourself, but everything else should be left to the pros to make sure your home is safe by protecting your gutters.
Gutter systems are a major part in your home’s security. While they may not prevent burglars, they will prevent rainwater from damaging your home. Water that is not dispelled from the area around your home can cause serious foundation damage and standing water in your gutters may leak down the walls and cause cracking and other harm to the stability of your house. Gutters are made to keep your home safe, but it is important that you keep them healthy so that they can work properly.
The best way to keep your gutters safe is by regularly cleaning and inspecting them. You can do this at home by taking a scoop and removing blockages, then running water through your gutters to dislodge smaller particles- if you are uncomfortable with this, a professional gutter cleaner would be happy to help you! You can also visually inspect your gutters when it rains to be sure there are no leaks or breaks in the path of the water. Even with these homemade measures, it is a good idea to get your gutters inspected by a professional at least once a year to be completely sure they are working at peak performance and there are no major issues that need to be addressed.
Preparation is the best medicine. You can save the investment in your gutters by making sure they are prepared for every season they face. Especially going into colder months from the Summer and Fall, you need to make sure your gutters are flowing freely as blockages can freeze and warp your gutters. Sometimes this freezing even results in your gutters being ripped from your roof. Cleaning your gutters and making sure that there are no leaf or debris blockages will ensure that they are winter and fall ready.
Another way of staying prepared is by installing gutter guards especially if leaf clogs are an issue where you live. Gutter guards are a system you can install on your gutters to prevent debris from entering. There are many different styles of gutter guars, but the most reliable tend to be the perforated metal ones or micro mesh guards that are both durable and easy to clean options for protecting your gutters. To identify the right gutter guards for you, call your local guttering professional.
Your gutters are one of the most important parts of your home’s defense tactics against damage caused by precipitation. Be sure to get them professionally inspected at least once per year to make sure they are ready for all that your climate will throw at them. The pros can help you protect your investment in your home and your gutters through cleaning, inspection, and repair. If you have any questions about your gutter or their health, contact Gutter Pros today for a consultation.