Clean Your Gutters Before Winter

If your yard is full of leaves that have fallen from your trees, your gutters are too, unless they are covered with a leaf guard.

Even if you don’t have a tree in your yard, blowing leaves, seeds, and debris can collect in your gutters. If left in your gutters, leaves, sticks, and other debris will continue to build up in your gutters and cause serious damage when winter comes.

Gutters are designed to allow water to drain to downspouts and flow away from the house and foundation, and when they are clogged with leaves and debris, water can’t drain properly. Misdirected water can eventually create cracks in siding and foundation, allowing water to make its way into your home or basement, causing significant problems, including mold and foundation weakening.

When temperatures drop, water in gutters will freeze and turn to ice. The weight of frozen gutters will eventually cause them to pull away from the house, damaging the roof and siding of your home. Ice jams or backups due to frozen gutters can cause significant damage to your roof, leading to water damage inside the house.

The Rooferees have some tips:

  • Install leaf guards on your gutters, which will prevent the collection of debris in your gutters.
  • Regularly clean your gutters, especially during the Fall, so you are prepared for a freeze.
  • Inspect and repair gutters if you see rust, holes, or sagging away from the house.
  • Reattach or install end caps on your gutters if they are missing or loose.
  • Ensure downspouts are attached and clean and free of debris.

The Rooferees recommend homeowners clean gutters they can safely reach, or hire professions to clean gutters. Regular maintenance of gutters is essential to ensuring they are functioning properly.

If your gutters have been damaged and need to be replaced, call the Rooferees today!