Should I Clean my Gutters in the Spring?

Should I Clean my Gutters in the Spring?

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 Should I Clean my Gutters in the 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.

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.

How To Clean Your Gutters

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.

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.

Summary

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 Colorado Springs roofing contractors 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!

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