Fall is a great time of year to inspect your home’s exteriors to make sure everything is in top condition for the upcoming seasons. Here are a few fall cleaning and gutter protection tips to keep your home in top working condition.
Take Time to Clean the Gutter System
The heavy winds that often accompany hurricane season may leave your gutters clogged with leaves and debris. Removing this debris is necessary to ensure water is able to flow through your gutter system. This debris is not always readily visible. Even a small amount of leaves or pine needles in the bottom can reduce the efficiency of your gutters – leading to overflow and frustration during rainstorms.
Removing Debris from Downspouts
Debris should also be removed from your downspouts. This is typically a fairly simple process, but heavily clogged systems may require a high pressure hose to extract leaves and debris.
While cleaning the gutters (or having a professional contractor do the task for you), you are presented with the perfect opportunity to inspect the system for signs of damage. Make sure the hardware that is used to attach guttering to your home’s fascia is solid and is not rusting or bent. Check for any holes or damaged seams that may lead to leaking.
Gutter Guard Options
Once your gutters are clean and all necessary repairs have been made, there are certain measures that can be taken to keep them in good condition. One of the best ways of doing this is by adding gutter guards. Gutter guards prevent leaves, needles, and other debris from getting into your gutter system, while still allowing rain to flow freely through them. This, in turn, will keep your gutters working properly and reduce the amount of maintenance required.
For help with your gutter repair and maintenance needs, contact Mark Kaufman Roofing. We service the roofing needs of North Port and the surrounding region.