Spring is the perfect time to inspect and clean out your gutters and downspouts. Spring rains are coming, and your gutters need to be ready, so you do not experience foundation, siding, and or roof damage.
Using extreme caution on a stable ladder, remove leaves, sticks, needles and seeds, scooping out debris from the gutters with a hand tool or with your hands. Do not walk on the roof and refrain from using a garden hose, as this may cause the downspouts to clog. After the debris is out of the gutters, flush the downspouts with a garden hose, making sure the water flows freely, and is carried away from the foundation. If you have any puddling in the gutters, they may not be sloped properly. They should be angled about 1 vertical inch for every 15 to 20 horizontal feet so they drain efficiently. Check all of the gutters for rust or cracks, and make sure there are not places where they may have pulled away from the roof. Freezing and melting moisture can make gutters and downspouts shift and become unstable. Also check for bird or insect nests under the roof overhang and gutters.
While you are up there, take a visual inspection of the roof. Are there shingles that have buckled over the winter? Is all of the flashing around skylights, vents, and chimney intact? A professional local roofing contractor can give you an honest evaluation of your roof and make repair recommendations for maintenance for your roof.
Are there any tree branches that are touching the roof or siding? If so, this will need to be addressed before spring thunderstorms hit. If you have trees around your house, you will want to check more often as trees will drop leaves, seeds and or flowers onto your roof and gutters.
If you have any questions, call Mesler Roofing & Exteriors or any other local roofing contractor for a free estimate.