We are back with our Water Damage Series with a new installment on cleaning your gutters. And, the big question on everyone’s mind, do you really need to clean your gutters? Let’s dive in!
In our last segment, we talked about testing your sump pump.
Your home is likely to be your biggest investment, and with regular maintenance, you can improve and protect your asset. A home in great condition is always going to be more appealing when you plan to sell and will command top dollar as compared to a home with deferred maintenance.
Water damage can create huge problems in a home and can be very expensive to fix once the damage has been done. Preventing water damage can be easy and just takes a little time and sweat, or money if you prefer not to sweat yourself.
Why Inspect your Gutters?
Here in the Pacific Northwest we are no stranger to rain. Ideally, when it rains your gutters collect rainfall and move it away from your home. If your gutters are clogged or not working properly, all that water does not get moved away from the structure which can cause flooding under your home and even lead to structural damage.
How to Clean Gutters
Luckily, taking care of your gutters is quite easy. Twice per year, get out your ladder and inspect your gutters. If you have trees in your yard most likely you will have some cleaning to do. Remove any debris that has built up in your gutters and flush them out with a hose. You’ll want to check and make sure that your downspouts are clear and flowing. If your downspout is clogged, try clearing it with water from your garden hose. If that doesn’t work, you can use a plumbing snake to unclog a gutter downspout.
Cleaning is the best form of maintenance for your gutters. Other things you will want to check is to make sure that your gutters are securely attached to the home. Over time, nails and screws can work themselves loose, especially if there is any wood rot, so periodically, check to make sure that everything looks good and is secure. At the same time you will also want to look for leaks. If a leak occurs you will want to seal the leak. Usually this happens at seams.
If gutter maintenance and cleaning isn’t your cup of tea, hiring out the work is an option many homeowners make, but either way it is well worth the investment to keep your gutters cleared and operating properly.
Do you like this series? What other home maintenance tips or home value improvements would you like to learn more about?