The first colors of autumn have tinged the trees. Sooner than later they will start dropping…right into your gutters; time to break out the ladder.
Arm yourself – get a gutter scoop. They are reasonably priced and worth every penny. Designed to fit perfectly into gutters, they make clearing debris that has built up much easier. Don’t just pitch the sludge and goop you remove. The decaying plant materials make great mulch or compost for your garden.
While you’re up there – inspect your gutters for holes or breaks in seams. The smallest hole can create quite a mess. Water can stream quickly into areas you don’t want it to go – it follows the path of least resistance. If it isn’t channeled properly is can make its way into siding, windows and doors. Consistent water running where it shouldn’t be can wreak havoc on a home causing costly damage. Small cracks and holes can be sealed with silicone caulk. Be sure the gutters are securely fastened to the house.
Now that your gutters haven been cleared and inspected, time to break out the hose. A power washer is ideal to thoroughly clean out your gutters but a hose will do a decent job. The washing phase is best done from above the gutters. Aiming the water upwards can loosen roof shingles.
Keeping your gutters clean can make all the difference once old man winter arrives. Debris in gutters make it easier for ice to form, creating ice dams that can push up the shingles on your roof causing the potential for leaks.
If your gutters are rusty – there is no remedy for that. New gutters are aluminum or vinyl – far more durable. Installing leaf guard or gutter guard gutters will make your life a bit easier. They are designed to keep debris out. It is an investment to protect your biggest investment…your home. "Leaf Relief" gutter covers by Mastic or similar type gutter guards can provide years of clog free gutters.