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Should I Clean my Gutters in the Spring?

Spring Gutter Maintenance: A Must-Do for Homeowners

Spring is here! For many that means it’s time for home maintenance. From spring cleaning to roofing repairs, there’s plenty to do. Spring and summer showers are something you’ll have to keep in mind while getting ready for the nicer weather. The weather doesn’t stop with the warm months, it just changes.  Now that winter is done, it’s a good idea to clean your gutters. Why should you clean your gutters in the spring? And how do you even clean your gutters? Well, Hennessey Roofing has the answers you need, so you’ll be prepared for whatever nature can throw at you this spring and summer!

Why Clean Your Gutters in Spring?

Your home needs help defending itself from all the weather that Colorado throws at it, and that’s where your gutters come in. Water damage is easily obtainable and incredibly difficult to fix. Without gutters, your home’s foundation would be at risk for serious structural damage. Water would simply seep into your home’s foundations and cause leaks, flooding, and worse issues. Gutters move water away from your home to areas where the water won’t be detrimental. Unfortunately, full gutters can’t properly do the job. To prevent serious damage to your home, you need to clean your gutters.

Understanding Winter’s Impact on Your Gutters

The wintertime can pretty easily fill up your gutters. During the winter, your gutters may not be completely full but spring can quickly change that. As the flora of the state begins to grow again, our gutters will also fill up with fresh leaves blown right off of the tree. Full gutters can cause water to pool on sections of your roof where water doesn’t belong. It can seep into your roof and do structural damage. If you have any previous damage, like from the winter season, water can exacerbate the issue and cause even more damage.

The Importance of Functional Gutters

  • Preventing Water Damage: Gutters are your home’s first line of defense against water damage. They direct water away from your foundation, preventing leaks, flooding, and structural damage.
  • Post-Winter Clean-up: Winter can leave gutters clogged with debris. Clearing them in spring is essential to ensure they function properly during the rainier months.
  • Avoiding Roof Damage: Full or clogged gutters can cause water to pool on your roof, leading to potential leaks and structural issues.

The Risks of Neglecting Gutter Cleaning

  • Structural Damages: Ignoring gutter maintenance can lead to serious structural damage to your home, especially if there’s pre-existing winter damage.
  • Increased Repair Costs: The cost of fixing water damage often far exceeds the effort and expense of regular gutter maintenance.

How to Clean Your Gutters Safely

Cleaning your gutter can be incredibly difficult, and if you aren’t careful it can even be dangerous. Consider giving a professional a call to clean your gutters for you, for your safety. If you’re doing it yourself, however, there are some pretty simple steps. You’ll want to wear clothes that you’re comfortable with getting dirty. Get a sturdy ladder that will allow you to reach your gutters, but make sure you know how to be safe on a ladder. Make sure the ladder is in a spot where it won’t slip, and consider putting a tarp under it. The tarp can help with water clean-up.

Step-by-Step Guide to Safe Gutter Cleaning

Once your ladder is set, carefully climb up it with a tool that you can use to scoop out the debris in the gutters. While they make a special tool to clean your gutters, you can use anything as long as it isn’t metal. Metal tools can easily damage your gutters. Carefully scoop out all the debris. Once you get as much out as you can, run some water through your gutters to flush anything too small to scoop out of the gutters. The water will also show you any leaks in your gutters. After your gutters have been fully cleaned, and they aren’t leaking, then you’re ready for whatever weather nature throws at you.

Preparing for Gutter Cleaning

  • Safety First: Always prioritize safety. Consider hiring a professional, like Hennessey Roofing, to avoid risks.
  • Wear Appropriate Clothing: Choose clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.
  • Use a Sturdy Ladder: Ensure your ladder is stable and safe.

The Cleaning Process

  1. Remove Debris: Carefully scoop out leaves and debris from the gutters. Avoid metal tools to prevent gutter damage.
  2. Flush the Gutters: Run water through the gutters to clear out small particles and check for leaks.

Post-Cleaning Checks

  • Inspect for Leaks: Ensure there are no leaks in your gutters.
  • Assess for Repairs: Check if there’s any damage that needs professional attention.

The Benefits of Spring Gutter Cleaning in Colorado Springs

Cleaning your gutters in the spring is important to make sure you’re ready for the heavy rain that spring and summer can bring. If you need assistance cleaning your gutter or roofing repair, contact us. We believe that a Colorado Springs gutter cleaning company should offer a professional and stress-free service. Hennessey Roofing is an expert at inspecting and installing roofing and will start right away. We have intimate knowledge of all the permits required for roofing projects. Call us today to schedule your free estimate or fill out our contact form and we’ll be in contact shortly!