5 Ways to Prepare Your Gutters For Winter

Winter Gutters

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.

Here’s Why You Need A Summer Gutter Cleaning

Hand with rubber glove cleaning leaves out of full gutter

Summer doesn’t seem like the time to be thinking about cleaning or repairing your gutters, but here are a few things to consider.

Spring Is The Rainy Season

By the end of spring, your gutters are sure to be clogged with dirt, debris, leaves or limbs that have fallen on your roof. Summer gutter cleaning is an essential preventative maintenance for your home.

Guard Against Summer Storms

Summer storms and extreme weather can cause major problems with your gutters.  Frequent showers and heavy winds bring debris and possible gutter damage.  Cleaning your gutters can be an excellent way to maintain a healthy gutter system.

Preparing for fall

Cleaning and maintaining your gutters in summer is the best way to prepare your home for fall. When the leaves start falling, you’ll be able to rest easy knowing that your home is well-prepared for the added weight that will be deposited into your gutters.

Remember that prevention methods cost a lot less than repairs.  Don’t wait until gutter clogs cause damage to your home.  The Gutter Pros can help you with gutter cleaning and repairs.  We also specialize in seemless gutter installation by trained professionals.  We are fully insured and offer onsite FREE estimates.

Replacing Gutters and Fascia

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When water lands on your roof, it has to go somewhere, which is why the gutters are so important.  They collect and divert the rain to make sure the water won’t damage your roof or the foundation. When they are functioning correctly, Water that falls on the roof, flows through the gutters off the roof and into the ground. However, debris in gutters can clog that flow and cause gutters to stop working and since the inside of your gutters are not easily seen, those obstructions can often go unnoticed.

At the simplest level, keeping a maintenance calendar for your home will ensure that you take care of low interval care like gutter cleaning and inspection at least once a year. With all of the smartphone apps and utilities available, setting up a calendar is not a huge chore. Regardless of how you remind yourself, you will need to get a ladder out and carefully inspect your gutters and downspouts. First and foremost, be safe! Clean debris and look for signs of leaks. Make sure gutters aren’t sagging and trapping water and tighten any gutter hangers or downspout brackets that are loose. Finally, replace any worn or damaged components.

It is important to keep your gutters clean, but sometimes they need to be replaced.  The same is true for the fascia, the boards that back them and offer protection to the end of your rafters.  Make sure your gutters and fascia are properly taken care of and properly replaced.  Call The Gutter Pros at 443-880-4813.