With spring fast approaching, you may be wondering what you can do to prepare your home for oncoming showers and storms. While it’s always a good idea to check your gutters every now and then, ensuring your gutters’ well-being is especially vital during the spring months.
Spring often brings heavy rainfall, and having proper drainage away from a house is vital to its foundational health. If rainwater isn’t draining far enough from the foundation, it could cause serious water damage, leading to expensive repairs. To prevent this from happening, try these five ways to prepare your gutters in advance.
Clear Debris from the Gutters
Homeowners should already be cleaning out their gutters twice a year to prevent blockages and buildup. However, double-checking them at the beginning of spring is a good precaution because gutters can become damaged during the winter months. Snowfall, ice, dried leaves, and other objects can cause gutters to become clogged or damaged. If you’re looking for a way to reduce the amount of debris in your gutters, you may want to consider installing a leaf protection system. While these can be installed on your own, it may be best to have a professional install them for you so they fit well and work effectively.
Check Gutter Drainage & Slope
Using a garden hose, flush out any leftover dirt or smaller debris you haven’t already cleared. Watch the water flow to ensure the drainage looks right; if there is any standing water left in the gutter, the gutter system may not be properly sloped. According to the Home Depot, “gutters should slope 1/4-inch for every 10-feet toward the downspout.” Double-check your gutter slope using a level, or call a professional to help you fix them.
Check the Downspouts
After you’ve cleaned your gutters, you’ll also want to check on your downspouts. Downspouts are arguably one of the most important factors in your gutter system as they drain the water away from the house’s foundation. To check the downspout, feed a garden hose in from the top and watch how the water exits the bottom. If it flows freely, your downspouts are probably fine. If not, they may be clogged. If your downspout is clogged, feed the hose up from the bottom and turn it to full pressure to dislodge the clog. If that doesn’t work, you may need to use a plumber’s snake to break it up.
When To Hire A Professional
Sometimes it is best to hire a professional to get the job done right. Not everyone has a few extra hours to spend cleaning out their gutters, and some jobs may require professional tools or experience. If you’re thinking of calling for help, Trademark Seamless RainGutters offer many types of services, including:
- Gutter Replacement
- Gutter Installation
- Gutter Upgrades
- Rain Barrel & Chain Installation
- Leaf Protection Installation
Need Some Help? Let’s Get Started.
If you’ve decided you’d rather have the help of a professional, Trademark would be more than happy to oblige. With years of experience in the field, we know how to prep and secure gutters like the backs of our hands! If you have any questions about our services, call us today at (214) 235-7817 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a consultation or ask for a free quote. We can’t wait to hear from you!