How do I maintain my gutters?

How Do I Maintain My Gutters?

How Do I Maintain My Gutters?

1. REGULAR CLEANING: Clean your gutters at least twice a year, in the spring & fall or more often if you have many trees near your home. Remove leaves, twigs, dirt & other debris. Use a ladder, gloves, & a gutter scoop or garden trowel for this task. 

2. INSPECT FOR DAMAGE: While cleaning, inspect the gutters for signs of damage, including cracks, rust, or loose fasteners. Repair or replace damaged sections promptly. 

3. SEAL LEAKS: Use gutter sealant or caulk to seal any small leaks or gaps in the gutter seams. This prevents water from escaping the gutters & causing damage to your home's exterior. 

4. CHECK FOR PROPER ATTACHMENT: Ensure that the gutters are securely attached to your home. Tighten loose screws or brackets as needed. 

5. TRIM OVERHANGING BRANCHES: Trim back branches that overhang your roof or gutters. This will help prevent leaves & debris from falling into the gutters. 

6. DOWNSPOUT MAINTENANCE: Make sure downspouts are securely fastened & directing water away from your home's foundation. 

8. REGULAR INSPECTION: Periodically inspect your gutters for any signs of problems, especially after heavy storms or during the winter months when ice dams can form. 

9. PROFESSIONAL INSPECTION: Consider having a professional gutter inspection & cleaning done annually. They can identify issue that may not be obvious & ensure your gutters are in a good working condition. 

10. SAFETY: Always use proper safety equipment when working on a ladder or roof. Consider enlisting the help of a friend or family members to hold the ladder & ensure your safety. 

Proper gutter maintenance can help protect your home's foundation, siding, & roof from water damage. Regular care & preventive measure can extend the lifespan of your gutters & save you from costly repairs down the line. 

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