You know how important it is to clean out your gutters after the fall since all those leaves are likely blocking water and leading to potential household problems. But it’s even more imperative to keep your gutters clean and working properly over the winter.
Even the slightest problem with your gutters can lead to major, costly, and damaging issues down the line. In fact, clogged gutters are actually the number one cause of basement water problems. In order to avoid basement flooding and mold growth, as well as other structural damage to your home, it’s important to take excellent care of your gutters over the winter.
Here are some great homeowner tips for limiting and preventing serious winter damage to your gutters:
- Hire professional gutter cleaners — No matter how often you get on your roof and clean out your gutters, you’re never going to be 100% sure they are thoroughly clean and working correctly without the help of professional gutter cleaners. Luckily, you can work with a quality gutter cleaning company that can offer not just cleaning assistance, but gutter replacement and gutter installation services, as well.
- Regularly inspect your gutters and roof — Even after you’ve had your gutters thoroughly cleaned or repaired, you should take a look at your roof and every inch of your gutters every few weeks to make sure there aren’t any breaks or blockages. Make sure there aren’t any gaps or leaks within your gutters or visual damages to your roof.
- Upgrade your insulation — Insulation is key for a home over the winter in order to keep your family comfortable, heating costs down, and avoid other issues. But insulation can also ensure the best performance for your gutters. Quality insulation and ventilation can prevent ice dams from forming in your gutters and on your roof, subsequently stopping further damage from occurring.
If you are ready to ensure that your home’s gutters are ready for the new year and want to work with professional gutter cleaners, give Gutter Maid a call right away!