Clogged gutters can lead to water damage to your roof, and the rest of your home’s exterior. Remember, it’s much easier to prevent damage than it is to repair it! This is also a great time to inspect your roof for damaged shingles, debris, and mold. Make sure to take care of any issues right away, as neglected roof repairs can cause bigger issues later on. Here are the basics to help you get started with gutter cleaning:
- Using a ladder, start by the downspout and work your way towards the middle of the gutter. Avoid pushing any debris into the downspout or it may cause another clog.
- Clean out large debris first, and then make sure to clean the downspout strainer.
- Using a gutter scoop, or your hands, clean out any small debris and gunk. A gutter brush can also help to stop any algae from spreading. Make sure to get some sturdy, waterproof gloves for this step!
- After removing all debris, rinse your gutters with a hose to removing anything remaining. This time, make sure to start at the end opposite the downspout.
- Check the downspout one last time to ensure it is free and clear. Remove any remaining debris.
When was the last time you gave your home a roof inspection? Make sure to periodically check for loose or missing shingles, and roof repairs as necessary. If you have access to your attic, check underneath the roof for stains that indicate leaks. Proactively protecting your home’s roof may also qualify you for a discount on your homeowner’s insurance! Your policy premium could be lowered if you install a new roof or increase your wind and hail deductible. Not only can it help you save money, a new roof can also improve energy efficiency and increase resale value! While inspecting for roof repairs, you can also conduct a home energy audit. Our blog post will help you know what to look for and how to resolve the issue you find during your audit!
Check out this article from the Farmers Home Renovations Series! It covers questions such as what material to use and whether minor roof repairs may be enough for your home. You’ll also learn a few tips for selecting roofing company that will get the job done right! Make sure to make any roof repairs and clogged gutters before wind, rain, and snow hit!