As a homeowner, you know that gutter cleaning and maintenance is an essential part of protecting your home’s structure and value. Your gutters collect and route water away from your home, specifically your foundation, and prevent costly water damage to your side, basement or crawl space. By preventing the build-up of water near or on your home’s surface, you can also prevent the growth of mold and other health hazards that threaten your home and family.
Many homeowners are familiar with the necessities of cleaning their gutters; when you let sticks, leaves and debris pile up in your gutters, they are unable to function efficiently in preventing water from reaching your home’s foundation. Clogged gutters can lead directly to rotting wood in your home’s structure, roof leaks and cracked foundations.
As a homeowner, you may also have experienced the frustrating and often dangerous job of cleaning your own gutters; you may also aware of how difficult it is to clean the gutters properly without education and training. Gutter covers are a great option for homeowners who want a more efficient gutter system that better helps protect their home from water damage and doesn’t require constant maintenance. You might believe that the purchase of your gutter covers has eliminated the need for regular cleaning and maintenance on your gutters. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Here are a few tips for gutter cover cleaning.
Gutter Covers Don’t Make Your Gutters Invincible
Many homeowners purchase gutter covers and gutter screens with the intention of never cleaning their gutters again. However, your covers, while a wise investment that should drastically decrease the amount of cleaning your gutters need, can’t be neglected entirely. Homeowners are also under the impression that any amount of debris allowed into their gutters is a bad thing; in truth, your gutter guards should absorb by-products like pollen and roof-grit, which would otherwise sit on top of your gutter covers and create a clog, preventing water from being taken in and routed away from your home. Acknowledging that the purchase of gutter covers doesn’t eliminate the need for gutter maintenance is the first step to taking better care of your investment.
Extend the Life of Your Gutter Covers with Regular Cleanings
Just like any investment, your gutter covers and screens will need to be cleaned regularly in order to continuing functioning properly in protecting your home. Depending on where you like and the time of trees that shade your home, you may have been used to cleaning your un-covered gutters up to four times a year. Each season, the experience was likely a headache, especially if you were doing the cleaning yourself. Fortunately, gutter covers don’t need to be cleaned nearly as much as their un-covered counterparts. Utilizing a garden hose or leaf blower for a quick cleaning is generally sufficient in removing any unwanted buildup from your screens and covers. You can drastically reduce the amount of money and frustration you expend in maintaining your gutter system and thus the safety of your home by choosing gutter covers.