Article by: Jeremy Kelsey
After a long winter, most everyone looks forward to the warmer weather of spring, brightly colored flowers and beautiful greenery. However, along with spring comes the need for routine home maintenance, especially with regard to your gutter system. Winters are hard on gutters. During particularly hard winters, they can become loaded down with heavy ice and snow. This can cause the gutter fittings to loosen and pull away from the house.
Clean & Repair Gutters & Downspouts
When the weather gets warmer – but before spring rains begin – it’s time to have your gutters and downspouts inspected, cleaned and repaired if necessary. This helps ensure that your gutter system will be prepared to handle the heavy downpours that often accompany spring and summer storms. Damaged or clogged gutters can result in many kinds of damage to your home. For instance, water from a full gutter will sometimes back up onto the roof, where it can seep under the shingles and down to the ceilings and walls of your home. If left unchecked, water that overflows from the gutters can lead to soil erosion, landscaping damage, basement flooding and even a bowed or cracked foundation.
If your gutters weren’t cleaned last fall, chances are both your gutters and downspouts are clogged. Make sure your downspouts are clear by running a garden hose down them from the top and observing the flow of water. If it’s not draining the water at least five feet from the foundation of your home, you can purchase a downspout extender to transport it safely away from the house.
Eliminate Gutter Maintenance With Gutter Helmet®
One method to reduce the need for gutter maintenance is to invest in gutter protection by installing a high-quality Gutter Helmet® gutter guard system. By keeping gutters and downspouts free of leaves and debris, Gutter Helmet is an exciting innovation in home maintenance that will protect your home from the damaging effects of heavy rainfall.
Your certified local Gutter Helmet installer knows just how to install gutter guards to protect your home for a lifetime. Call (800) 824-3772 to find the Gutter Helmet dealer nearest you and learn more about the best gutter guard system around!