Your home’s rain gutters work hard for you all year-round, diverting rainwater and melting snow from your roof. Unfortunately, leaves and debris accumulate in your gutters and, because you can’t easily see inside them, you may end up with a big problem before you even know it. Clogged gutters may cause overflow, which can in turn cause water damage to your roof and fascia.
In addition, gutter overspill can pool around the home’s foundation, degrading the home’s stability, encouraging the growth of mold, and potentially home flooding. In you live in a snowy climate, clogged rain gutters contribute to the formation of ice dams that can cause severe roof damage and leaking. Take these proactive steps to avoid clogging in rain gutters, or to deal with clogs once they occur.
Roofing contractors recommend that homeowners clean gutters at least twice each year, more often if you have dense vegetation around your property. If you plan to clean out your own gutters, do so after a few dry days so that accumulated debris is less heavy – and messy – to deal with. You will need a garden trowel, safety ladder, buckets, garden hose, residential gutter cleaning attachment, work gloves, and eye protection.
You should also have gutter repair tools and supplies at the ready, should you discover leaks or damage. Working on your gutters from a ladder carries a myriad of risks, not the least of which are potential proximity to power lines and the risk of injury from falling. Unless you are comfortable working on a ladder, it may make more sense to contact a professional roofer for periodic gutter maintenance… especially if you own a 2-story home.