Now that spring has officially (and finally) arrived on Long Island, most people start to think about spring cleaning for their homes. While it’s great to clean the windows, dust away the cobwebsand give the interior of our homes a good cleaning, we often neglect the outside of our homes. Even more specifically, we often neglect our gutters. While you may give your yard a good spring cleanup by raking up leaves and debris that have littered your yard during the winter months, don’t forget to check your gutters.
During the winter months, leaves, twigs, dirt and debris may accumulate in your gutters. Left unaddressed this debris can not only cause clogs, it can also damage your gutter system. An article on BobVila.com explains, “A properly functioning gutter system protects your home from water damage by draining water from the roof and funneling it away from the house. When the gutters and downspouts are clogged, however, water can back up and damage the roof, fascia, soffits, and siding. Experts agree that regular examination and maintenance will help reduce the need for gutter repairs and replacement.”
Since we often can’t see what’s inside the gutters from standing on the ground, most problems with built-up debris are only noticed only when it is too late and gutter damage has already occurred. You have to make an effort to get (safely) onto a ladder and climb up to see what is inside your gutters. Then remove any leaves, twigs or debris that you see.
The easiest answer to most gutter problems is to clean your gutters on a regular basis. Most debris consists of small leaves and twigs that can be scooped out by hand or removed with a handheld leaf blower or wet/dry vacuum. Flushing the gutters with a garden hose can help to remove dirt and small particles and most clogged downspouts can also be flushed with a garden hose. For denser debris, you may want to invest in a gutter cleaning tool.
Problems to look for when you are cleaning your gutters include holes, corrosion, sagging sections, and loose, bent, or missing fasteners. Holes should be plugged or caulked immediately. Sagging is often the result of loose or missing spikes, which should be tightened or replaced. Keep in mind that gutter cleaning and inspection may be needed much more frequently than just once a season, especially if you live in an area where there are many trees.
If you find that your gutters are in need of more than just a simple repair, contact the gutter experts at Lindstadt. They can repair your existing gutters or install brand new gutters if your current gutter system is beyond repair. If you are interested in quality gutters for your home, contact Lindstadt Seamless Gutters. They are experts in the gutter and roofing industry and they have been in business for over 50 years. Whether you need gutter repair services, new gutter installation, a new roof or maintenance services, Lindstadt Gutters has a team of experienced professionals who can assist you. Give them a call at 631-754-2114.