From periodically inspecting your downspouts to clearing debris from the roof, there are many things you can do to properly maintain your home’s gutters. But you may not have the time or the inclination to get up on the roof regularly or scoop debris out of the gutters. That’s why you need a roofing contractor that can handle this type of essential home maintenance.
1. Clean Gutters Twice a Year
A good rule of thumb is to clean out your gutters and downspouts twice a year – once in spring and once in fall. Wet leaves, twigs and other debris can get very heavy very fast. Neglecting full gutters can lead to damage to your siding, as those heavy gutters start to pull away from the home.
Debris can also clog your gutters, hampering the flow of water. Water that can’t flow away from your property properly can lead to foundation issues and pest problems. Spring is a good time to clean your gutters because of the debris that accumulates over our long cold winters. Fall cleanouts are also crucial in removing leaves that have fallen from nearby trees.
Here at Allstar Construction we offer roofing maintenance plans so you never forget to address these important issues.
2. Check For Leaks
During your gutter inspections, don’t forget to inspect the gutters for leaks at the seams. These are the most vulnerable areas of your gutters and are the first to start leaking at the corners and joints. For small leaks, it’s possible to patch the area with sealant as a temporary fix. But if you are experiencing frequent and larger leaks at the seams, it may be time for replacement.
3. Inspect Downspouts
While you’re at it, check the positioning of your downspouts. Make sure they’re pointing well away from the foundation, towards a sloped area. If water is allowed to build up at the foundation, you can experience cracks and leaks in the foundation, which will eventually lead to water intrusion in the basement.
Pooling water also erodes the mulch and soil around your foundation, which can pose additional problems. And finally, stagnant water attracts pests such as mosquitoes and carpenter ants. Once those pests make their way into your home, you will have a whole different set of problems on your hands!
4. Clear Debris from Roof
Leaves, twigs, branches, nests, and more can accumulate on your roof, particularly at the eaves and corners. It’s dangerous to get up on your roof, so it’s best to rely on a professional roofing contractor to handle this part. Once the debris has been removed, you can get a clearer picture of any issues or damage that may have taken place underneath.
By following these gutter maintenance tips, you can help ensure a longer-lasting roofing system.
Contact Allstar Construction for Roofing Services in Fargo
Allstar Construction can handle all your gutter and roof maintenance chores, proven to extend the life of your property and keep expensive repairs at bay. Please contact us today at (701) 315-8150 to book service and get on a schedule. Fall is the worst time of year for clogged gutters, so don’t delay!