It is always good to think about winter gutter cleaning and maintenance as part of your routine for keeping the structure and integrity of your home’s drainage system in top shape. This is an important part of the waterproofing process because it allows water to run freely off of the roof in the event that the main structure is compromised by ice or rain. Without proper drainage, the interior of your home will become very damp and moldy because the amount of water that seeps into the wood framing and walls is much lower than with standard roofs. If you want to enjoy a pleasant, comfortable climate, it is important to make sure that your gutters are properly functioning and kept clear of debris.
In many instances, you will not have to get up on the rooftop to clean or even maintain downspouts and gutters, but you should still maintain your gutters according to the guidelines set forth by the manufacturer. In order to avoid having water run off of your roof, it is recommended that you clean the exterior of your gutters twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall. This maintenance will also help to prevent any algae from forming on your roof. Plus, disturbing dirt and debris can injure or irritate your eyes, hands, and exposed skin.
During the fall, when it is usually cold outside, it may be more difficult to perform regular gutter cleaning and maintenance, because it can be colder out and leaves and other debris can stay overnight. However, if you regularly inspect your gutters, it is easy to spot any signs of damage. It is a good idea to use a video to check for leaks or other types of gutter maintenance. When you have identified problem areas, you can address the problem before the weather gets too bad and the mold spreads too quickly.