Gutters perform an essential task. They protect the integrity of your roof, siding, and foundation by diverting water away from the house. Now, you may already have a habit of cleaning out your gutters in the spring and fall, but it might be beneficial to inspect your gutters more than just twice a year. Here are the potential problems you should keep an eye out for throughout the year in order to keep your gutters in tip top shape.
Pine Needle Buildup
While deciduous trees dropping leaves presents a problem mostly during the Autumn season, if you have evergreen varieties on your property, fallen needles are a problem all year. Just like dead leaves, fallen pine needles can quickly build up and clog your gutters. For this reason, you should inspect and clean your gutters quarterly instead of bi-annually.
Clean Spring Debris in Summer
All throughout spring, pollen, seed pods, and more are carried around. The same things that clog your sinuses end up clogging your gutter pipes. That is why you should aim to clean all the debris that was kicked up in the spring at the beginning of summer.
Chip Away Ice
During the colder months, the last thing you want to do is go outside, climb a ladder, and inspect your gutters. But it is important that you do so, especially if you live in an area that deals with lots of ice and snow. If you let ice and snow buildup, this can create a heavy burden on your gutters, which can ultimately cause them to sag, crack, or pull away from your house.
Take Care After Storms
Storms can happen any time of year. Storms are notorious for causing wind related damage as well as carrying debris to and from. That is why it is important to inspect your gutters after a heavy storm. Look for any twigs and leaves that need to be cleared, but also look for pieces of gutter pipe that may have been compromised. Seal any holes created with gutter caulk.
At the end of the day, cleaning your gutters twice a year is better than neglecting them altogether, but if you can, keep an eye on them all year round. And if you are ever in the market for a new home in the Montgomery area, look no further than Goodwyn Homes. All our houses are built using the highest energy saving materials. Take a look at our move-in ready homes today!
By Goodwyn Building 3-16-2022