Summer has arrived, and that means warmer weather, more time spent outside and, yes, more rain and thunderstorms. With summer storms on their way, this means it’s important for you to be certain your roof and gutters are in sufficiently good condition to hold up to that weather throughout the season.
One of the most important things you can do for your home’s gutters is have them inspected and maintained by a professional (or, for some simple tasks, by yourself). Some preventative maintenance will go a long way toward helping you save money on what should be unnecessary repairs and potential premature replacement.
Here’s a quick look at some of the steps you can take with your summer gutter maintenance in Oklahoma City to make sure your gutters are fully prepared for the season.
Inspect the gutter system first
The first step you should take before performing any maintenance is to perform a visual inspection of the entire gutter system. First, walk around the perimeter and look up at the gutters. Make sure there aren’t any hanging parts, and that nothing appears to be cracked, leaking or clogged. You should also make sure your gutters are not sagging, and that they’re affixed securely to the fascia.
If your gutters do develop leaks, or if they’re clogged, this could result in water spilling out below where it will pool up on the ground. This could damage flower beds, attract bugs and pests or even seep down into your home’s foundation.
Your inspection will help you determine what action and maintenance, if any, need to be performed.
Clear the gutters
If you notice you have a buildup of leaves and other debris in your gutters, it’s important to remove it so it doesn’t become worse and potentially cause a blockage. Ideally you should clean your gutters at least twice a year: once in the spring and once in the fall. But if you neglected to do this previously, or if you have more of a need (such as trees that hang over your gutters and drop debris), then you should do it more frequently.
Keeping the gutters clear allows water to flow through the system in the way it was designed to do, and prevents it from overflowing over the edges and causing potential problems on the ground down below.
Call in the professionals
If it does look like you have some issues beyond clogged gutters that need to be resolved, this is when you should rely on the services of a professional. Any type of repairs to the gutters themselves, for example, should be handled by pros. They’ll be able to patch up holes, cracks and seams, and handle issues with sagging gutters or detachment from the fascia. They’ll also be able to ensure the downspout is diverting water in such a way that it will not affect your home’s foundation or your landscaping.
For more information about maintaining your gutters this summer in Oklahoma City, contact the team at L & S Seamless Guttering.
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