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Prepare Your Gutters for Spring

Now that winter is finally releasing its icy grip, it’s time to get outside and start getting your yard and gardens ready for spring. That’s a great idea, but stop and look up. Chances are your gutters need a little love and attention before spring showers hit. Here are a few ways to prepare them.

Check That They’re All Still Attached

Wind and the weight of snow, ice, and debris may have caused your gutters to pull away from your home. Take a moment to visually inspect them to make sure they haven’t pulled loose. If they have, you will need to get a closer look to assess any damage to your home’s siding before refastening them. If your downspouts have pulled away from each other, make sure to seal them after reconnecting them.

Clean and Remove Debris

It’s time to clean debris from your system, either by hand or by power washing. If you opt to pressure wash them, make sure to dial back the pressure to medium (1500 to 2000 psi) before directing the nozzle about 6 inches from the debris. If the debris is loose and dry, you can use a leaf blower to blow it out.

Trim Tree Branches

Tree branches that are leaning over your roof and gutters will eventually break off, and when they do, they can damage both. Trim back any overhanging branches and remove any trees or limbs that will cause damage if they fall.

Check the Eaves for Holes

While you’re on the ladder, inspect your eaves and vents for holes. Wildlife, such as squirrels, love climbing your spouts and finding access to your nice, warm attic. You may also find unwelcome pests, such as bees and wasps, starting to form nests under your roof. 

Fix Damages

Take a moment to go outside and take a look at your gutters in action the next time it rains. A closer inspection may reveal holes and cracks in corners and joints. You can fix smaller problems with a sealant. If there’s extensive damage, addressing it may require professional repair services or a complete replacement of leaking sections. 

Consider a Leaf Guard

An investment in a leaf guard system will keep debris out of your system all year round. Because wet leaves will cause deterioration of your system over time, installing these guards will extend the life of your system.

Is it Time to Replace Your Gutters?

The average lifespan for these systems is around 20 years. As the system begins to fail, improperly channeled water will cause damages to your home’s siding or roofing. If you think your gutters are nearing their functional end-of-life, call the pros at PJ’s Roofing to evaluate them for you.

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Roof & Gutter Cleaning – Best Practices

As a homeowner, you know that maintenance is inevitable. Even the highest-quality home will need to have ongoing maintenance performed to remain in proper working order. One task that you should not overlook is roof and gutter cleaning. Your roof is the first line of defense for your home against all kinds of weather conditions, so keeping it in good condition is essential. Let’s take a look at some of the key points to understand related to roof and gutter cleaning.

Safety is Always #1

No matter what, the focus of your efforts when cleaning your roof and gutters should be safety. There is no need to put yourself at risk when trying to perform this maintenance task. If you don’t have the right equipment – such as a sturdy ladder – or if you are at all uncomfortable with heights, simply hire someone to do the work for you. Paying to have your roof and gutters cleaned is not particularly expensive, and it will be worth it if it means avoiding doing work that you aren’t comfortable with. Only proceed with doing your own work when you are confident in your abilities and know you have the right equipment for the task at hand.

Remove Debris Carefully

Assuming you feel confident in doing this work yourself, get started by taking the debris off of your roof and out of the gutters and downspouts. Things like leaves and small branches may have landed on the roof from nearby trees, so gather them up and dispose of them properly. Allowing debris to remain on your roof can cause problems in the long run, as it will gather in the gutters and prevent water from running away properly. Unless you have numerous large trees around your home, cleaning up the debris should be a relatively quick and straightforward task.

Address Moss Problems

In some areas, moss is a significant problem on roofs. When a roof has plenty of shade, and cool and damp conditions are present, moss can thrive. It might not look too harmful at first, but moss can do damage to your roof over time if allowed to remain. However, while you might be tempted to scrape it off, that’s not the right approach. Instead, use a moss killing product which can be applied directly to the moss so it will die off on its own. If you were to scrape the area affected with moss, not only might you damage the roof, but the moss would be likely to just grow right back.

An Overall Review

While on the roof, take a careful look at the condition of the surface to determine in any repairs are necessary. Hopefully, you’ll find that your roof is in good condition and doesn’t require any further work, but it’s always smart to check. If you do find one or two spots that need to be addressed with a repair, bring in a professional so you can make sure it is done right the first time.

The Benefits of Gutters and Downspouts

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Water is necessary to sustain life, but it is also a major problem when it comes to your home or storage building. If you would like to keep your buildings healthy and free from leaks and structural problems for many years to come, you are going to need to find a way to deal with the water that falls from the sky from time to time. To manage that rain effectively, the best option you have available to you are gutters and downspouts. There are many advantages to having both gutters and downspouts to take water away from your home, and they are as follows.

Keep Your Home Looking Great

Even before we look at more serious long-term damage issues, we can see a benefit from using gutters in the way of preventing staining on the side of your house. Without gutters and downspouts, you would likely see staining damage on the side of your home due to splashing water taking a toll over the years. The look of your home is a key component of its value when you decide to sell, so keeping quality water drainage in place is an investment in your future.

Avoid a Flooded Basement

Walking down the stairs to find the basement flooded is a nightmare scenario for any homeowner. Flooding in the basement can cause serious structural damage to your home, and it can also destroy anything that was being stored in the basement at the time of the flood. Even worse, mold can develop when there is excess moisture in the basement, which could create a dangerous living condition in the home. By using a quality gutter and downspout system, however, you can move water away from your foundation and you should be able to avoid any of the problems that stem from a flooded basement.

Take Control

When designing a gutter and downspout system, you can take control of the situation by deciding where the water should be drained around your home. By looking at the slope of the ground near your house, you can decide where you should take the water to minimize the damage it can do to your structure. The exact design of your gutter and downspout system will depend on a number of factors, so working with an experienced professional is the best idea to ensure top-notch performance.

Protect the Roof

If you have a gutter system on your house that is not working properly, you could find that water is backing up onto your roof – where it can do major damage. To protect residential roofing over the long term, homeowners need to make sure that water is getting off of it as quickly as possible. By having a good gutter system installed, and then caring for that system with regular maintenance, you should be able to get water off of your roof fast enough to prevent it from doing any kind of long term damage.

Dealing with water is one of the most important things that you can do in the care of your house. Water has the potential to be incredibly damaging when it is found in places where it doesn’t belong, so using gutters and downspouts to control it successfully is a wise choice.