How Gutter Maintenance Can Help Prevent Costly Damage

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gutter maintenanceWhen it comes to your home’s gutters, their importance is often overlooked. The main purpose of your gutters is to push water away from the foundation of your home. If your gutters are clogged or blocked, they will not be able to do their job of protecting your home. With Fall in full swing, it is important to be proactive when it comes to keeping your gutters clean. At Rutter Roofing, we are here to provide a few helpful tips that can help you keep your gutters functioning properly as the leaves begin to fall.

The Importance of Cleaning Your Gutters

Both downspouts and gutters need to be clear from debris in order to ensure water doesn’t damage your home. If your gutters and downspouts are clogged, rainwater can overflow on to the foundation of your home and cause your basement to flood. Clogged gutters can also cause problems with your roof. If the gutters are too full, they could possibly collapse off your roof. This can lead to damage to your roof’s shingles and the exterior of your home. To avoid these potential repairs, we recommend cleaning your gutters at least twice a year, with Fall being a perfect time for one of those cleanings!

How to Reduce Gutter Debris

One of the best ways to reduce debris in your gutters is to install a gutter protection system. This will help keep solid debris out of your gutters. Getting your gutters inspected can also help reduce debris that can build up. Leaf guards can help decrease gutter maintenance by keeping troublesome leaves from blocking water from flowing.

How Often Should They Be Cleaned?

Now that you know the importance of cleaning your gutters, the big question is, how do you ensure your gutters are clean and able to keep water away from your home? This depends on the type of home you live in, and more importantly, how many trees are in your backyard. For most homeowners, you should get your gutters cleaned at least twice per year. If you have oak trees or pine trees, you may want to consider getting your gutters cleaned once every quarter. In certain circumstances, you should check your gutters after a severe storm because leaves branches and other debris might have found their way into your gutters.

Call a Professional

This might seem like a lot to keep up with, but cleaning out your gutters just a few times a year is worth the amount of money you’ll save in potential damage. If climbing up on a ladder to check the gutters isn’t an activity you look forward to doing, call the professionals at Rutter Roofing! Let our team repair your gutters or install new materials that are easy to maintain and clean. Give us a call today at 610-584-2084 or send us a message via our website so we can protect your house!