Where did the time go? It feels like only yesterday that you were unpacking swimsuits and getting ready for a summer full of fun, but now school buses are hitting the streets and fall is almost here. With the end of summer and the transition into colder weather, there are many different tasks that you need to take care of around the house. One task that is often forgotten is the gutters. How can you start getting your gutters ready for fall and winter now?
Clean the Gutters and Downspouts
Depending on how many trees are around your house, autumn is going to bring plenty of leaves to your gutters. That’s why the end of summer is a great time to clean out your gutters and downspouts. We can help by professionally cleaning your gutters and removing any debris, including leaves, nests, and sticks. We will also check your gutters for signs of damage that need to be repaired before fall and winter arrive.
Trim Back Branches
Many trees flourish throughout the summer months, which means that your backyard and front yard trees are likely bigger now than they were at the end of winter. As a result, there’s a good probability that you need to perform some trimming. Trimming back branches at the end of the summer is a great idea, and it helps to ensure that they will not fall on your roof or gutters during a storm. It can also decrease the number of leaves that end up in the gutters over the course of the fall.
Look for Wear and Tear
With the proper maintenance, your gutters can last a long time. However, they are not designed to last forever. Make sure that your gutters are inspected at least once a year for signs of damage. Missing fasteners, sagging or drooping, and cracks can all lead to poor drainage and even water damage to your house. When gutters are working properly, they are able to funnel large amounts of water far away from your home. When they are damaged and in need of repair, it can lead to expensive foundation repairs and serious water damage. When we inspect your gutters, we can also provide you with advice about whether or not adding downspout extensions might be appropriate to make sure that water is getting as far away as it should.
Get Your Gutters Fixed Today!
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