Summertime is a great time for beach trips, back yard barbecues, and yes, home maintenance. With hot, dry weather and minimal precipitation, it’s the perfect time to make sure your home is in tip top shape – especially the exterior. At P.J. Fitzpatrick, our gutter experts recommend setting aside some time for your gutters with this summer maintenance checklist:
Though gutter debris is more common in autumn, it can also occur during the summer and as our gutter experts know, debris can cause clogs and lead to water and roofing damage. Get your ladder out and get a good look inside of your gutters – you may find sticks, twigs, needles, leaves, and even bird nests. If so, put on a pair of gloves and scoop out the debris to clear out your gutter flow.
Clean Your Gutters
Now that you have all of your debris out of the gutters, it’s time to give them a good clean. Use your hose and a hose attachment that has a high-pressure setting to flush out the inside of your gutters. Then, use a scrub brush and a gentle cleaner to scrub away any mold or mildew on the outside. Rinse with the hose and your gutters will look as good as new!
Check for Damage
Gutters that don’t drain well can cause major issues, so check for damage on a regular basis. Look for any holes, cracks, rust, or places where the gutters don’t line up properly. Make a note of the areas that need attention and address them as soon as possible.
If you’ve found any holes or cracks in your gutters and suspect they may be leaks, there’s an easy way to check this: Turn your hose on low and fill up your gutters near the damaged area. If the damage is causing issues, you’ll clearly see the leak and once you do, it’s important to repair it with gutter sealant or a gutter patch.
Complete New Installations
The summer season tends to carry less precipitation than other seasons, so now is a great time to complete any new installations you’ve been wanting to get done. Whether it’s a new downspout, a replacement section, or an entirely new gutter system, our gutter experts encourage you to get the job done before the fall sets in.
If you have any questions about your gutter system or if you’re interested in any of our gutter services, give us a call!