Every year, summer storms often take homeowners by surprise. And if you’re unprepared, these storms can wreak havoc on your home, leaving you with costly water damage, leaks, and even structural issues.
With most summer storm damage attributed to clogged gutters, it’s essential to make sure your gutters are in tip-top shape before the summer season begins. Follow these tips to protect your home from the wrath of summer storms!
Clear Out the Debris
Start by removing all the debris and leaves that have accumulated in your gutters over time. Use a sturdy ladder, gloves, and a shovel to safely scoop out the gunk.
Go slowly to avoid causing any damage to the gutters, and ensure you’re wearing the right safety gear. Remember, clogged gutters can cause water to overflow, leading to potential damage to your roof and home’s foundation, as well as mold and mildew growth.
Check for Leaks
Inspect your gutters for any cracks, holes, or worn-out areas. If any of them are too damaged to repair, replace them with new gutters as soon as possible. If you can’t see any holes, check for leaks by turning on your hose to run water through the gutters. Check if any water drips or escapes through the cracks. If you spot any leaks, use a gutter sealant or patch kit to fix them promptly. You can also contact a roofing professional to take care of this job for you.
Trim Any Overhanging Branches
Any tree branches hanging over our gutters can interfere with the flow of water and cause additional debris to build up. During a storm, strong winds can cause the overhanging branches to sway and potentially damage your gutters. Keeping them trimmed will reduce the risk of such damage and ensure your gutters stay clear and clean.
Ensure Proper Drainage
Ensure your gutters are sloping correctly to allow water to flow freely toward the downspouts. Use a level to check if the gutters are properly aligned and adjust them as needed to ensure proper drainage and prevent water from pooling in certain areas. This will keep your gutters from overflowing and prevent water damage to your home.
Install Gutter Guards
Gutter guards will keep leaves, twigs, and debris out of your gutters. They act as a barrier to prevent clogging and ensure water flows freely. Installing gutter guards will significantly reduce the amount of maintenance needed for your gutters and save you from future repairs.
Finally, don’t forget to perform regular maintenance on your gutters throughout the summer. Keep an eye out for any signs of clogging or damage, and address them promptly. Regularly clean your gutters to prevent debris buildup and ensure optimal performance.
Let Us Take Care of Your Gutters
By taking the above simple steps to prepare your gutters, you’ll be ready to tackle summer storms head-on. Remember, a little maintenance can go a long way in protecting your home from water damage and costly repairs. So gear up, get your gutters in shape, and let those summer storms do their worst – your gutters can handle it!
But if you need help getting your gutters ready for summer, get in touch with us today. At Bear Creek Roofing, we offer quality gutter installation and repair services that are tailored to your needs. We’ll make sure your gutters are in top shape and ready to handle the summer season. Contact us today for more information.