You need different types of tools to prepare the gutters for Fall and the upcoming rainy season. Some of these include bucket, ladder, gutter spikes, garden hose, pressure washer, rivet gun, silicone caulk, work gloves and trash bags among others. The reason for getting these tools ready is because the roof has to be prepared for the new season. Gutters need plenty of attention too. Preparing the gutters is not rocket science. It involves gutter repair, replacement, and maintenance. Without gutters, the roof and the entire house would not last as long as it should.
Remove Falling Leaves
Fall is associated with falling leaves. Therefore, you are likely to find more leaves, making their way into the gutters. Soon enough, the leaves clog the gutters. This makes it harder for gutters to drain water well. Eventually, the water gathers on the roof leading to leaks. In addition to this, the leaves will eventually decay, thus causing the roof to begin rotting. This happens when the leaves remain on the roof or gutters for too long. Failure to remove the leaves will affect the quality of the gutters.
Wipe and Keep the Gutters Dry
Start by wiping the gutters thoroughly. Wiping ensures the gutters are dry all the time. Leaves have a hard time settling on the dry roof or gutters. Failure to keep this part of the building dry will increase the likelihood of falling leaves and all types of debris sticking in one place. In future, you will have a difficult time trying to remove the stuck leaves. Therefore, use the tools mentioned above to climb the roof, inspect the gutters and clean them thoroughly while taking care to keep it as dry as possible.
Check Gutters for Leaks, Corrosion and Cracks
Apart from wiping and keeping the gutters dry, your next task is to check for leaks, corrosion, and cracks. Inspect and repair or replace any part of the gutters found with faults. Next, do not forget to install gutter guards. The gutters need these guards during autumn. This does not mean you should ignore installing or maintaining them properly during the fall or the rainy season. The guards’ main role is protecting the gutters against leaves and other debris too. Do not forget to trim the branches of all the trees that are near the roof too.
As for the rainy season, the first thing you ought to do to prepare the gutters is eliminating the gunk. Inspect the gutters before scooping the leaves and sticks out. You can either toss everything down to the ground or dispose of them in a trash bin. While at it, do not ignore the downspouts. They need some attention too. Downspouts are susceptible to clogging. When clogged, downspouts cannot allow water to pass through. The result of this is often water buildup, sagging and the emergence of mildew inside the gutters.
Never Ignore the Spikes
Neglecting the spikes is likely to be one of the biggest mistakes you make. Neglected spikes are risky to your gutters and the entire roof too. Without functional spikes, you have nothing to hold the gutters in place. Once more, check the gutters and roof for signs of leaks. The caulking is likely to develop a few cracks or holes through which it will leak. Clean these parts properly while taking care to remove all the debris together with any old caulking. Using a pressure washer to deep clean the gutters is highly advisable too. Use it at low settings.
Clean the gutters at least Twice a Year
Finally, keep cleaning the gutters – at least twice every year. The best time of the year for doing this is Fall and Spring. Do this work when the leaves have already fallen. Do it while the leaves continue falling too. While doing all this work, do not ignore the importance of staying safe while on the ladder or roof. Work closely with a spotter to ensure that you are safe while up on the ladder. Do everything you can not to damage the gutters or roof while inspecting or cleaning it too.