Gutter Health

Well-functioning gutters are essential for reducing potential damage to your foundation. Gutters direct rainwater off your roof and away from your foundation reducing the potential for damages caused by ponding water. It’s important to clean your gutters regularly to avoid becoming clogged which could lead to avoidable costly repairs. In cold climates, clogged gutters can cause ice dams allowing water to seep up and under roof shingles. Here are some gutter-cleaning tips and safety measures to keep your gutters in good health while also protecting you from injury.

Practice ladder safety

Use a sturdy fiberglass or aluminum ladder and check for any flaws. Ensure it is fastened or extended tightly to lock it in place. Keep both your feet and one hand firmly planted while on the ladder. Avoid overreach by adjusting the ladder frequently to reach with ease.

Protect Yourself

Let someone know you are cleaning your gutters before you begin. Wear thick, suede gloves and goggles to protect your skin and eyes. Wear rubber shoes if you must walk on the roof to guard against slippage. Be careful of power line hazards. Call an electrical contractor to fix any frayed wiring near the gutters.

Clean your roof first

If you have debris that reclogs your newly cleaned downspout, you have made more work for yourself. Rake or power wash the top first, then unclog the downspout with a tool, water pressure, or tap on the side of the downspout. Downspouts may need to be detached for proper drainage. A clean roof can also prevent water damage, such as erosion and leaks.

Consider hiring a professional

If the thought of getting on a ladder gives you any hesitation, don’t take the risk and call in a professional. There are many companies that offer gutter cleaning and can be put on a regular schedule.

Be proactive through regular maintenance

Schedule cleaning once in the fall and spring to prevent water damage and rust corrosion. Alternatively, you can purchase gutter guards, which eliminate the need to clean out clogged debris but shop around to choose a manufacturer you can trust with a quality product.

Bottom Line

A healthy gutter is a clean one in which rainwater can flow freely through it and out the downspout away from the house. Following these gutter-cleaning tips will help keep your gutters clear and in good working order so that they can continue to protect the roof and other parts of your home’s foundation from costly damage.

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Robin McCoy is a Texas Realtor with Keller Williams Realty. License #0582766 | 214.226.3770 |

The information contained, and the opinions expressed, in this article are not intended to be construed as investment advice. Robin McCoy Realty Group and Living in DFW does not guarantee or warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information or opinions contained herein. Nothing herein should be construed as investment advice. You should always conduct your own research and due diligence and obtain professional advice before making any investment decision. Robin McCoy Realty Group and Living in DFW will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by your reliance on the information or opinions contained herein.

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I guess you can take the girl out of Texas but you can't take Texas out of the girl. I was born here in Dallas and moved away at age 8. After 30 years of moving around the United States, as a child with the family and as an adult without them, I finally found myself back in Dallas. Since I returned in 2001 I have sold furniture for Crate&Barrel and Real Estate with Keller Williams. It is my hope to share with you what I love, question, and find interesting here in DFW.

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