The Summer Guide to Gutter Maintenance



1. Spend Time Cleaning Debris

Unfortunately, the only way to de-clog your gutters from summertime debris is to clean it out by hand. Put on some thick gloves and scoop out all the debris and sticks. Any small leftover debris can be flushed out with a hose. Keep in mind that you'll need a ladder, so be sure to use basic ladder safety rules before getting to work.

2. Get Nests Out of the Gutters

During the summer, birds like to get into your gutters and build nests. Even though baby birds are cute, these aren't critters that you want living in your gutter system. As you clean your gutters from their debris, be sure to keep an eye out for nests.

Don't forget to keep an eye out for bee and wasp nests. If you find nests that are occupied, get in touch with a pest control company for removal.

3. Look Out for Leaks

With the occasional downpours and summer storms, leaks in your gutter system can spell bad news. If water makes its way out of the system, it can lead to pooling water which can ultimately damage your foundation. Pooling water can also lead to basement flooding, which is another costly issue that no homeowner wants to deal with.

You can check for leaks by investigating for running water after it rains. You can also take a hose and allow water to flow through the gutters. You'll see areas dripping if there is a leak.

4. Add Gutter Guards

If you are having a lot of issues with debris clogging your gutters, consider upgrading with gutter guards. The capped systems will only allow water and very small particles of debris to make its way through. You'll never need to worry about sticks or leaves getting in the way of water flow.

Taking care of your gutter system can save you a lot of hassle and headache. If you allow your gutters to continue clogging through summer and fall, you may eventually be faced with ice dams in the winter. These can cause significant damage to your roof, especially if the gutters are pulled off your home from excess weight.

Stay on top of your gutter maintenance this summer to promote a healthy, happy home.