We might not want to think about autumn yet, but the reality is that leaves will be falling from the trees before you know it. Autumn in Denver is certainly beautiful, but falling leaves result in endless raking and cleaning of your gutters.
Keeping your gutters clog-free is critical for the protection of your home. Clogged gutters can cause a lot of damage if you allow the problem to persist, with issues such as:
- Formation of ice dams in the winter
- Water overflow collecting on the ground, which can freeze in the winter and cause tripping hazards
- Basement flooding
- Foundation cracks
- Mold and mildew
As you can see, clogged gutters are bound to come back and haunt homeowners if they aren’t properly maintained.
So, how can homeowners keep their gutters clog-free this fall and avoid costly damages?
DIY Steps for Cleaning Clogged Gutters
When it comes to cleaning your gutters, it’s ideal that you tackle this project once per season. This ensures that you can avoid costly issues that stem from clogged gutters and keep more money in your bank account.
Here are the steps to correctly clean your gutters this fall:
Step 1: Wear a long-sleeved shirt with rubber gloves. This will help protect you from cuts and scrapes when you handle leaves, twigs, and branches.
Step 2: Climb up your ladder and scoop out debris with your hands.
Step 3: Once all debris is removed, flush out your gutter with water. You’ll want to check for flow to make sure there are no hidden clogs that you potentially missed.
Step 4: Check your downspouts for any debris. Sometimes debris can get clogged in this part of the system and overlooked.
Step 5: If you find debris in your downspout, remove the nozzle from your garden hose and work the hose up and down within the downspout. This will help break apart any debris.
Keeping Gutters Clean is a lot of Work
As you can see, it’s a lot of work to properly keep your gutters free of clogs. It can take several hours out of your weekend to move around your entire house to clear out the gutters—not to mention dragging the ladder everywhere you go.
Luckily, there’s a much easier way to keep your gutters clear this fall—and that’s with gutter protection.
Gutter Guards Are Most Efficient at Keeping Gutters Clog-Free
Gutter guards made with micro-mesh technology keep even the tiniest debris out of your gutters. You won’t have to spend hours climbing ladders, flushing your system out with a hose, or any other tasks that take away your free time.
Universal Windows Direct offers Bolt® gutter guards for year-round protection. Contact us today for a quote.