When you replace the gutters on your home, it does not mean that you are free from gutter maintenance. In order to prolong the life and function of your new gutters, you need to stick to a rigid maintenance schedule or you could find yourself replacing your gutters much more often than you prefer. Setting a schedule and sticking to it will allow your home to have uneventful seasons that do not lead to leaky roofs, cracks in the foundation or erosion on your landscaping.
Waiting Too Long
Many homeowners wrongly think that they do not need to maintain their gutters until they see standing water or realize that there is a clog. This is a myth and one that could cause unnecessary damage to the exterior of your home, not just your gutters. If your gutters are forced to hold large amounts of water due to a clog, you could put the rest of your home at risk for damage including your landscaping and foundation.
It is easiest to set a yearly schedule to maintain your gutters. At a minimum you should schedule a thorough cleaning of your gutters twice a year. If you inspect and clean your gutters at the end of spring and the end of fall, you will have the best results. During the fall, it is an obvious risk to have hundreds of leaves clogging up your system. This clog could then lead to packed snow into your system, packing down your roof and eventually causing leaks in your basement.
Clean the Roof
Even the most rigid gutter maintenance schedule could be rendered useless if you do not clean the roof at the same time that you clear out the gutters. Ridding your gutters of various leaves and debris is good for the flow of water, but who’s to say in a day or two the debris that is on the roof doesn’t end up in the areas you just cleaned? In order to achieve the most satisfactory results, it is important to clean all areas near the gutter to prevent clogging up your system and causing water damage to various areas of your home.