We have seen the last summer days, and fall is just around the corner. With the beautiful Minnesota fall colors comes colder temperatures and falling leaves that create more work for you in your home and yard. To prepare your home for the fall and winter elements, one crucial task is cleaning and inspecting your gutter system. It is essential to make sure your gutters are clean, unclogged, and damage-free before the rain, sleet, and snow make their seasonal debut.
- Clean and Inspect Thoroughly
- The best way to prevent clogged gutters is to clear out any debris that may have built up several times throughout the year. If you have many trees in your yard, you may need to clean the system once a month, especially once the leaves start falling.
- Inspect your gutters to assess any repairs that may need addressing. Keep an eye out for cracks, leaks, holes, and missing hardware, as these can worsen in cold weather and increase the chances of future leaks. It is best to enter the fall and winter months damage-free.
- Don’t Forget About Downspouts
- Forgetting to clean the spouts of your system is an easy but destructive mistake. By unclogging your downspouts and keeping them free of debris, you save yourself from the mess and hassle of backed-up gutters after a storm.
- Install Gutter Guards
- If you don’t enjoy cleaning your gutters, you’re not alone, and gutter guards will be your new best friend. They keep your gutters free of nature’s debris that can build up in your gutters while allowing water to flow freely. At 22nd Century Roofing, the gutter guards we install are LeafBlasterPRO by Gutter Glove, a stainless steel micro mesh gutter guard.
- Keep Rodents Away
- As the temperature drops, rodents begin seeking warmer shelters for winter nesting spots – and gutters and downspouts make cozy places for them to nest. Gutter guards and rodent repellent spray can help keep these critters away.