If your gutters are clogged, rainwater will flow over the side of your house, where it can cause significant damage to your roof, siding, landscaping, and foundation. You should clean your gutters twice a year, preferably in the spring and fall, to remove leaves and debris so water can flow freely through the gutters and downspouts.
When you clean your gutters, make sure you are dressed appropriately. Wear a long-sleeved shirt and rubber gloves.
Work on a sturdy extendable ladder. Standoff stabilizers, also known as ladder “horns,” can prevent the ladder from damaging the gutters. Use a small plastic scoop to remove wet leaves, sticks, and other debris from the gutters. Dump it onto a plastic tarp on the ground so it does not make a mess of your yard.
You should pay special attention to the downspouts. Gutters often become clogged where downspouts meet the rest of the gutter system. If they are clogged, water will not drain properly and you could wind up with mold, mildew, and sagging gutters.
After you have cleaned the gutters, flush them and the downspouts with water from a garden hose or a pressure washer. If you use a pressure washer, follow the instructions carefully to avoid damaging the gutters and roof. Don’t hit the gutters at a high angle because that could blow off shingles. Flushing the gutters and downspouts with water can also help you identify any sources of leaks.
Cleaning gutters is a labor-intensive job, and working on a ladder can be dangerous. If you would rather not clean your gutters yourself, call Connecticut Gutter & Exteriors. We will remove leaves and other debris from your gutters so rainwater will be directed away from your house to prevent damage.
You can prevent future clogs in the gutter system by installing gutter guards. These are covers that are attached to the gutters to keep debris out. Gutter guards can significantly reduce the amount of cleaning and maintenance required to keep your gutters working.
If your gutters are damaged, sagging, full of holes, or rusted, they probably need to be replaced. Connecticut Gutter & Exteriors can also handle that job for you. Contact us today to get an estimate for gutter cleaning, gutter guard installation, or gutter replacement.