Gutter Cleaning Tips
October means beautiful colors and clogged gutters.
It is important to clean out your gutters after the leaves have fallen.
When clogged, water spills over the edge and causes excessive water along your foundation wall- causing your sump pump to run excessively. If you have an older home it may even cause water to seep into your basement or crawl space. The leg at the bottom of
your down spout, known as a kicker, needs to be 4’ or longer. Sometimes burying these and running them further from the house will help with some damp and wet basements. Always make sure when cleaning out your gutters you have the proper equipment and safety gear.
Most home owners should use a professional to clean there gutters…
especially when you have a two or three story house and/or a steep sloped roof. There are some great gutter guards available that are good ideas to install. We don’t recommend using any screened materials or systems. Use a solid gutter helmet that allows the leaves to run right off the roof, a screened gutter guard can still clog and cause damage to your
home, roof or foundation. If you have a damaged gutter or missing downspouts this could lead to ice dams to form in the winter which could result in some costly repairs come spring. For any concerns with your downspouts or gutters, give us a call at 517.896.5692.