A gutter system is an important aspect of your roof system that handles drainage. Without the help of a roofing contractor you will not be able to receive regular cleaning for your gutters and downspouts. Cleaning and maintaining your downspouts and gutters needs to occur every few months.
Gutters must be clear in order to prevent stormwater from backing up and overflowing. When water has the chance to overflow from the gutter this leads to it quickly eroding out sections of the earth around your foundation which can lead to damage on exterior walls, basement leaks and even your whole foundation resettling. Rather than risking structural damage to your home, a simple gutter cleanout or scheduling an appointment for gutter cleanout with a professional can be important.
Maintaining gutters often means heading up on a ladder to scoop them out. There are a number of tools that you can use but a plastic scoop and a tall ladder are some of the easiest ways that you can clean gutters without damaging them. When cleaning a gutter it’s very important that you do not bend or lean along the gutter as this can cause damage to the roofing system. After cleaning out the debris from the gutter it’s important to flush them with a garden hose and then check downspouts by flushing them with a hose as well.
Maintaining downspouts and making sure that they can flow easily is important. Use a leaf strainer and make sure that each downspout opening is clear of sticks of debris, especially after a storm.
Metal screening or leaf guards along the gutters can make sure that leaf buildup can be prevented. These items are especially useful for installation if your home is close to larger trees or shrubs which can quickly clog up the gutter system.
If you are interested in regular service appointments for clearing out your gutters safely and efficiently, contact us today. We can handle your ongoing gutter and downspout maintenance.
This post was written by Ted Williams! Ted is the owner of A Old Time Roofing, one of the best roofing companies in St Petersburg FL. Ted is a Master Elite Weather Stopper GAF Roofing Contractor, a double award winner of Best Steep-Slope Contractor from GAF and achiever of Master Elite Consumer Protection Excellence from GAF. He has been serving the Pinellas County area since 1978. A Old Time Roofing has been a tradition in quality workmanship, servicing residential and commercial properties.Tags: cleaning, Maintaining Gutters, roofing companies in St Petersburg FL