Your gutters and downspouts are two important parts of a well-maintained roof. They are the main components that drain water off of your roof and keep your roof from leaking and needing repair work or needing to be replaced completely. Eastern Roofing & Siding specializes in gutters and downspouts in Edina and the surrounding areas, so here are some tips on how to care for and maintain them to keep them working properly.
Your home’s gutters run along the edge of your roof. They collect leaves, twigs and other debris and when it rains, the water pushes those items through and out the downspouts. However, sometimes this debris can build up and clog your gutters.
The clogs can lead to a variety of problems, like a leaky roof or, in the winter time, ice dams can form and cause a lot of problems as well. Ice dams can cause leaks in your roof and interior walls, and that can lead to more problems – bigger and more expensive ones.
Also, if water overflows from your gutters, it can cause leaks in your basement as well. The water will wash down sidewalks and driveways and possibly find cracks and leak into your basement too. So it is vital that your gutters and downspouts get plenty of TLC throughout the year to ensure they are both draining rain water and debris off of your roof properly.
While there are services out there that you can hire to clean your gutters and downspouts, this can also be a do it yourself project depending on how comfortable you are on a ladder. If you have any balance issues or a fear of heights, then it is definitely a job best left for professionals. But cleaning out your gutters mostly involves scooping out the old leaves and other debris and putting them in a bucket and then throwing that debris away.
When you clean your gutters and downspouts, just be sure that the weather outside is clear and that there are no safety hazards on the ground. Be sure to wear heavy gloves to protect your hands. Get help from a family member or friend too, as this will probably make it easier to get the job done.
Would you like more information on gutters and downspouts in Edina and the surrounding areas? Call Eastern Roofing & Siding at 651-238-1313 or you can contact us to get a Free Estimate.