Importance of cleaning and maintaining your gutters

Why is it Important to Clean and Maintain Your Gutters & Downspouts?

The rule of thumb when cleaning and maintaining your gutters and downspouts twice a year. Once in the Fall and once in the Spring. In addition to cleaning the gutters twice a year, you want to make sure that you secure any loose or sagging gutters and downspouts as well. 

Keep in mind that if you live in an area that is heavily populated with trees, you may have to increase cleaning them to about 3 times a year. 

We also recommend that you remove the debris from the gutters by hand. Never use a pressure washer to clean them. 

If you find that you are having to clean your gutters out too much or you would just like to reduce the number of times that you have to clean them, you should think about getting some gutter protection installed. There are many different products on the market for this. It is best to do your research and figure out which one would be best for you and your home. 

It is important to keep your gutters free and clear of leaves and debris to ensure that the water can flow freely from the roof and through the gutters. In the event that the water is unable to flow freely through the gutters, the water can back up and create leaks into your home, cracks in your foundation, leaking into your basement, rotting of exterior walls and roof rot. 

Cleaning and Maintaining DIY: What You’ll Need

If you are a DIY person and would like to tackle this project on your own, there are a few items that you will need. Like a ladder, bucket, trowel, work gloves, and a garden hose. You may want to consider wearing protective glasses to ensure that you do not get any debris or dirt in your eyes. 

We do always recommend calling a professional to help you with this process. 

If you need your gutters cleaned or if you would like to look into some gutter protection, call Middle Creek Roofing at 1-717-949-2414, and we would be happy to come out and provide you with a quote to handle this for you! 

Read our Roofing blog to discover more additional information about your roof!

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