Cleaning your gutters is not going to be on the top of your list of things to do, . However, it is something that has to be done because your gutters are very important to your home. Without clean gutters, water and moisture can build up around your house and cause significant damage to your home. Here are some tips for cleaning and maintaining your gutters so that you can avoid doing any costly repairs in the future.
First off, you need to pay attention to the downspout. This is what is going to clog up and cause water to sit still, growing mold and mildew. It is also going to cause your gutters to sag, something that you will have to fix if they continue to sag and water continues to build up.
Gutter spikes are important to the gutters, they are what hold the gutters tight to the house. After years of battling weather and holding onto debris, these spikes can work their way out of the home, which is going to cause the gutters to fall down over time.
Check for any leaks in the gutters. This can include holes in the gutters and cracked caulking. You can re-caulk the gutters once you remove the old caulk and seal it once it is dry.
Now you can start cleaning the gutters. The most efficient way to do this is with a pressure washer. With everything secured and replaced that needed to be, a pressure washer is not going to hurt the gutters. A pressure washer is going to get all of the dirt, leaves, and any other build up out of the gutters while cleaning out the downspout as well.
If your gutters look old and you cannot replace all of the parts, it could be time for some new gutters. New gutters are made out of aluminum and vinyl so they do not rust and they can help prevent build up over time. You can consider adding a splash block, as it keeps water coming out of the downspouts going right next to your house, avoiding the home’s foundation and protecting it from forming a trench.
When you are cleaning and maintaining your gutters, it’s important to remember to be safe and know when it is time to hire a professional. Although routine cleaning and maintenance is easily done manually, if you get to more build up and older gutters, a professional can ensure they are well cleaned and safe from any mold or mildew.