Why You Should Clean Your Gutters This Spring

Cleaning your gutters is a simple home maintenance task you can tackle this spring. It may not be a glamorous job, but it is crucial to keeping your home in tip-top shape. Doing so will help you catch things before they become a problem, such as:

  • Preventing mold growth
    • If your gutters are clogged with twigs and leaves, the water has nowhere to flush out. Instead, it will seep into your roof and walls. This is a recipe for mold growth, which can be devastating to your home.
  • Avoiding pests
    • Gutter debris makes perfect little homes for critters and insects. They may even become brave and try to venture into your home itself. Stop them in their tracks with a good gutter cleaning.
  • Helping gutters do their job
    • It’s spring, which means heavy rain. If you don’t have working gutters, all that rain will stand on your roof and in your gutters, creating unnecessary wear and tear on your home.

Here are quick tips for tackling your gutters this spring.

  • Grab a ladder and gloves, and scoop out any hardened debris with your hands or a trowel. 
  • Flush out the gutters with a garden hose to catch anything you may have missed.
  • If you find you have clogged downspouts, a plumbers snake is a great tool for breaking up hardened areas that you can’t reach yourself.
  • If you find your have discolored gutters, such as green from algae growth, a solution of vinegar & water will wash it away.

Finally, if you’ve found that your gutters need some repair, or you’d rather outsource the cleaning in general it’s best to call in a professional. Les Jones Roofing installs a variety of rain gutter systems to enhance the functionality and look of your roof system. Rain gutters are designed to carry the rainwater away from your home’s foundation while protecting your driveway, walkways, and landscaping from erosion. With a host of colors available along with copper and stainless steel, there is sure to be something to satisfy your needs. Give us a call to learn more.