Your home may have an open rain gutter system, which may require more frequent cleaning, or with a leaf protection system installed, requiring less maintenance. In the course of collecting water and debris, gutters can clog anywhere from the gutter itself to the downspouts. A clogged gutter will cause excessive rainwater to overflow and may cause damage to landscaping, the home itself, and the basement. Regardless of which gutter system your home has, allowing loose debris to accumulate on your roof will decrease the life of your roofing shingles and allow water build up. Removing leaves, sticks, pine needles, and other debris from your gutters prior to winter will allow the melting snow and ice to flow freely. Frozen gutters can cause costly damage to your investment, your home.
We recommend that gutters be maintained at least twice a year, once in the spring and again in the fall, to maintain proper functioning. Check the joints on the inside and outside corners. Dirt often accumulates in these joints allowing moisture to retain and encouraging premature rotting of wooden gutters. While inspecting your gutters, take a look at your roof too. Often it is the first course of shingles that wear first due to ice buildup and that 100% of the water running off your roof hits the first course of shingles before draining into the gutter. Roofs will also require some maintenance to remove unwanted debris. Many times, a simple cleaning is all that is needed.
Accessing your roof and gutters requires agility in climbing and moving ladders or staging around. Being several feet off the ground is also a safety concern that needs consideration. It is always best to leave these tasks to a professional. To schedule fall maintenance by one of our professionals, please call Fisher & Rocha, Inc. at 508.758.6738 today.