5 Ways to Prepare Your Gutters For Winter
1) Clean Leaves and Debris Out of Gutters
Over time leaves and other debris may fall and begin to clog your gutters. This may seem small, but over time can create bigger issues such as soil erosion, basement flooding, landscape damage and the possibility of mosquito infestation. In order to prepare your gutters for the winter start by cleaning out all of the debris clogging your gutters.
2) Inspect Gutters for Any General Wear and Tear
Once the gutters are cleared the next step is to conduct a general inspection. Take the time to make sure that the gutters do not have any cracks and are ready for the winter months ahead. On top of this also check the joints and check to see if any of the fasteners are loose or missing. If you find any issues with your gutters be sure to attend to them immediately before they grow into bigger issues.
3) Realign Gutters
The next step is to be sure that the gutter is properly aligned. When the gutter is not aligned as it should be it causes standing water to stay in the gutters. In the winter months, this can turn into ice and cause major problems for your gutters in the future.
4) Add Gutter Guards
Another way to be sure your gutters are prepared for winter is to add a gutter guard. Gutter guards are a good way to keep debris from clogging your gutters. Gutter guards can save you a lot of time and hassle in the long run.
5) Wash Gutters and Clear Downspouts
This is a good last step to check all the work you have done. Take a hose and spray water down your downspouts clearing any excess debris that may have been missed. Check to make sure the water is hitting the ground six to eight feet away from the house. Take this time to also give the rest of your gutters a good wash. This will thoroughly prepare your gutters for the winter season to come.
Getting your gutters ready for the winter is a time-consuming task. Companies such as The Gutter Pros have qualified professionals that will repair or even install gutters. The Gutter Pros also offer services such as gutter cleaning and installation of a gutter guard. If you want to get your home ready for winter, but don’t have the time or proper tools to give your gutters the attention they need then call The Gutter Pros and let them take care of it for you.Contact The Gutter Pros today at 443-880-4831.