Autumn brings carved pumpkins, crisp weather, and questions around seasonal household chores. Along with researching how to make a crowd-pleasing spiced cider and the best time to buy holiday plane tickets, home owners should research how to clean their gutters and ward off insects and other pests throughout the fall. To save you time, we’ve compiled a list of six autumn-savvy questions and answers about gutter maintenance designed to help you safeguard your property for fall and beyond.
1. Why should I clean my gutters?
Gutters are designed to capture water and distribute it far away (a recommended six to ten feet away) from your home’s siding and foundation. Over time, gutters become clogged with debris – loose twigs, birds’ nests, fallen nuts, and other detritus. If gutters aren’t cleaned, they won’t be able to properly transfer water from your roof to the outer edges of your home’s structure, causing water to pool on your roof, near your home, or in gutters themselves. This standing water invites a variety of hazards, including mold on your roof and in your walls, leaky and fallen gutters, a cracked foundation, and an oversaturated lawn that invites weeds, insects, and other pests.
2. How often should I clean my gutters?
To prevent the build-up of seasonal debris, you should useto clean your gutters at least twice a year – once in the fall and once in the spring. If your home is graced with large pine trees or you live in a cold climate, you should consider checking your gutters more often as pine needles and ice can build up quickly and be especially detrimental due to their volume and weight. If you’re reading this article and haven’t yet cleaned your gutters, we recommend you do so right now!
3. Can I clean my gutters myself?
Yes. Whether you hop on a
4. What is the best way to clean gutters?
Cleaning gutters is a simple process, but it can be monotonous and time-consuming. If you have the patience and a , and a . To clean your gutters without having to climb a , you can pick up from producers like Toro., you’ll need a few things: A pair of , a small
To clean your gutters, use your hand and aor a to remove debris and place it in or toss it to the ground. Repeat this process along the length of your gutters. When you’re finished, run hose water through your gutters to ensure no leaks or blockages remain unseen.
and dispose of the gutter refuse to avoid attracting insects and pests. If your lawn is covered in a more palatable kind of refuse, like acorns, pecans, or walnuts, you can also use gathering tools like the to easily and comfortably pick up nuts, seeds, cones, and fruits.
5. How can I tell if my gutters are working properly?
If you notice water where it shouldn’t be, like pools of water in your house or your basement, or on your lawn, driveway, or foundation, it may be a sign of clogged or broken gutters. If you see streaks of water on your roof or outer walls, it may be caused by a malfunctioning gutter. To help seal your home’s roof and walls from the damaging effects of water, you can use waterproofing kits like those available from.
If water doesn’t make it to your downspout, you most likely have a leak in the gutters which lead to it. Finally, if you notice more pests and insects than usual, it may be a sign that they’ve found a place to roost inside your gutters. All of these issues may signal that it’s time for a more thorough inspection of your home’s gutters.
6. How long should gutters last?
Depending on the material, gutters should last up to 20 years when properly installed and maintained.
However you choose to clean your gutters this fall, Do it Best is dedicated to helping you and your home weather the weather. Find more fall-inspired products like the, , and materials online or at your locally owned !