Gutter Tips: Check, Clean, and Prepare for Winter

Friday, October 3rd, 2014 by Scott Siegal

Our gutters are doing us a great favor. Thank goodness for our roof’s drainage system for efficiently deflecting water from the exterior and base walls of our house. This is why it is important to make sure that this structure of interconnected troughs flows smoothly. Jammed gutters are more prone to rusting and corroding. This can also damage your home’s exterior and cause more harm to other parts of your house.

As the weather gets cooler and the days get wetter in Washington DC, you simply can’t afford to ignore your gutters. This is why we’d like to emphasize the importance of inspecting and cleaning your gutters before winter.

Clean your gutters.

Take out leaves, branches, and any debris to prevent clogging. You can use a hosepipe to wash your gutters with water, which is then directed through the downspouts. If something is blocking your gutters, the water won’t drain properly. Use a chimney sweeping brush to clean the pipes.

You can opt to install leaf protectors / leaf guards to lessen the accumulation of leaves and falling debris. This will make your gutter cleaning easier the next time around. But don’t install one with the intention of never cleaning your downspouts again. If you wish to have roof surfaces and gutters clear of leaves and debris, call for a professional gutter cleaning service.

Now is the best time to prep your gutters.

If you are doing your obligatory prewinter roof check, do not forget your gutters. Inspect for dents, cracks, tears, holes, as well as cracked lines in the seams. Make sure to check all areas, including the spikes that connect the gutters to walls of the house. Make sure that the gutter clips are intact. You may want to have the experts in gutters in Washington DC assess the damage.

It is advised to not wait till the last minute to check and clean your gutters. Allocate some of your home maintenance budget to professional gutter cleaning, gutter repair, and gutter installation in Washington DC. For all your gutter needs, give us at Maggio Roofing a call at (800) 766-3495 or fill out our contact form for a no-obligation quote.

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