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Prepare Gutters for Storms

January 30th, 2017 | No Comments »

Prepare Gutters for Storms

When word of a rain or thunderstorm is coming your way, it’s time to spring into action and take the necessary steps to protect your home. All homeowners know there’s a lot of work that goes into taking care of and keeping up a home, and the gutter system is no exception.

By being preventative and taking some precautionary measures to make sure your gutter system is in tip top shape before a storm, you are saving yourself time and money in the long run, avoiding preventable repairs. The key is making sure your gutter system is up to the challenge of what the storm may bring and keeping your home dry. Follow these easy steps to ensure your home stays dry during your next storm.

INSPECTION

It’s important to initially inspect your gutter system, including your gutter guards and downspout, to assess the condition of the system.

TIMING IS KEY

Timing between when you dust off the latter and when the storm is anticipated to arrive is key. Safety should strongly be taken into consideration when making this call. Ideally, you would time it out that it’s on the same day of the storm before it hits, but you need to balance not doing it too far in advance and too close to the storm. Remember, if it seems dangerous or you are unsure for any reason, it’s better to hold off.

TUNE UP TIME

As you inspect your gutter system, keep an eye out for any loose bolts or screws and tighten them as you go. The more secure your gutters are before the storm, the better suited they’ll be when it comes rolling through.

CLEAR ANY CLOGS

Clean your gutter system, including the downspout. Make sure you do a thorough check to ensure the system will work properly, free from any obstacles. To ensure the downspout is clear, spray a hose at a high pressure through the top and bottom. If there are any clogs, a plumber snake should do the trick. If you find any major issues during your inspection, it’s time to call in the professionals: a gutter repair specialist.

For more information about gutter systems and their maintenance, visit Bell Seamless Gutters.