It’s easy to neglect your gutters- but if you don’t take care of them, they won’t work properly. And when your gutters aren’t working properly, your home is at risk of flooding and serious damage! Luckily, it’s pretty simple to take care of your gutters with these easy gutter maintenance tips:
- Make sure you have gutters!
Seems like a no-brainer, but some homes don’t have complete gutter systems. Make sure all roofing surfaces have gutters and proper systems to move water away from your home. Without gutters, your roof, siding, and foundation are all at risk of water damage, mold, and mildew – and your insurance most likely won’t cover damage caused by this neglect.
- Check the pitch
Gutters may look like they go straight along your roof, but actually they slope towards the drainage pipes in order to avoid standing water. This is important to ensure drainage, and also to keep your gutters attached to your roof: Standing water is heavy and the weight can damage the hardware that fixes your gutters to your home, resulting in breakage and costly repairs.
- Keep them clean
If your gutters are clogged even slightly, it can cause standing water that is a breeding ground for insects in wet weather and also an appealing home for rodents in dry weather. Even if you have screens, you can’t assume there is no debris in your gutter system – so you should either clean your gutters at least twice a year, or invest in a maintenance-free gutter guard system.
- Perform regular inspections
Take a quick look as often as you can (hopefully once a month) just to make sure there are no clear clogs, no standing water, and that the hardware is still in good shape.
- Stay on top of repairs
Even the best systems may require gutter maintenance – if you notice something that needs to be fixed, don’t procrastinate! You may need to have the pitch checked, loose gutters re-attached, loose leaders re-strapped, damaged portions replaced or re-sealed, and miters checked for leaks.
Even if you’re a skilled DIY-er, sometimes you just need an expert with the correct tools for the job. NJ Gutter Topper has been providing top-rated gutter maintenance to the North NJ area for over 20 years and we have skilled craftsmen on staff who will clean your gutters, repair any damage, and ensure your home is safe for years to come. Book your free consultation today by calling 1-201-445-1222!