Why You Need to Keep Gutters and Drains Clean in the Fall

Autumn is just around the corner, so now is the perfect time to discuss just how much damage debris can deliver on a roof. It doesn’t take much for wonderful looking autumn leaves to completely clog drains, bock scuppers and become a host for mold, fungi, and mildew. So here are a few quick tips you can follow to help you stay ahead of this fall.

Gather the Right Tools

Before you even get started, make sure you gather the correct tools so you can reach and clean everything, including those hard-to-reach places, such as:

  • Sturdy ladder
  • Tarp
  • S-hook Buckets
  • Safety goggles
  • Gloves
  • Trowel/Scoop
  • Garden Hose
  • Screwdriver
  • Plumber’s Snake

Don’t Wait

It might be easy to keep pushing off checking and cleaning gutters. However, consistently putting off such a task leaves you open for much bigger problems later in the season. The more debris and moisture you let build up, the more daunting your task will be when cleaning your roof and gutters. During the fall, you should aim to clean everything at least twice a month to avoid any serious issues.

Be Proactive

Keeping a tidy yard, including trimming nearby trees, goes a long way in preventing a lot of debris from landing on your roof. Cleaning a roof and gutters can be a long task, but you greatly reduce the time by preventing leaves from being able to reach your roof in the first place.

Be Thorough

Simply sweeping off debris from the roof and scooping out leaves from the gutters is great, but there are extra steps you should be taking. First, make sure your downspout is cleared out. If not, you risk standing water collecting potentially resulting in damaging leaks. Best way to make sure everything is all cleared out is to test your gutters and downspout with a garden hose. Make sure to watch if the water is smoothing flowing with no obstructions.

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