Rain gutters have a way of clogging, especially in the fall. This can be a problem for some homes more than others. Clogged rain gutters can lead to water leaks, foundation damage, wood rot and more. Fortunately, there are many things that homeowners can do to prevent this problem when the leaves start to fall. The following tips will help you prevent clogs in your rain gutters throughout the fall and the rest of the year.
Trim Down Overhanging Branches and Overgrown Trees
Nearby trees are the biggest problem for homeowners trying to keep their rain gutters flowing freely. Overhanging branches will drop leaves, needles, nuts, sticks and other debris into the gutters, especially during storms and on windy days. While some of this is inevitable if there are trees on your property, you can slow the problem by cutting down overgrown or overhanging branches. Branches that are high over your home may need to be removed by a professional. Only cut down those branches that you can easily reach from a ladder and can cut down safely without injuring yourself or someone else.
Clean Your Rain Gutters Twice this Season
Many people assume that cleaning their rain gutters once in the fall is enough, but if your gutters have a history of becoming clogged, then twice in the fall is likely necessary. Clean your gutters once at the beginning just after the growing season ends, and once at the end of the fall when the leaves have finished falling from your trees. To do this task, stand on a ladder positioned over your gutters. Use a hand trowel to remove debris from the gutters. Put the debris in a bucket, and empty out the bucket as it becomes full. Finally, use a strong jet of water to remove the leaves from the gutters.
Use a Plumber's Auger to Clean Out Downspouts
Use a plumber's auger to clear a path through your gutter's downspouts. This will help remove any debris that may have fallen through the gutters into the downspouts during the cleaning. When you're finished, flush the downspouts with a strong spray of water from a garden hose.
Install Leaf Guards On Your Gutters
Have a rain gutter professional install leaf guards on your gutters. Leaf gutters are made of a wire mesh fitted over the gutter opening, to prevent debris from collecting inside your gutters and downspout. This will help protect your gutters from leaves and other debris, making your job easier next fall. For more information about leaf guards, or to discover more ways to protect your gutters this fall, contact a rain gutter repair and installation company in your area.