If your gutters were not cleaned out during the fall and winter seasons, you could be risking a lot more than just clogged gutters and poor water flow. With summer coming around the corner, higher temperatures and drier weather are soon to follow. These elemental factors, combined with debris-ridden gutters, create the perfect environment for a costly and dangerous occurrence, such as a fire.
Thankfully, you can avoid these dangers with gutter cleaning and simply home maintenance. Here are some tips to prevent fire damage from clogged gutters.
Check Your Gutters for Debris
It is important that you check the gutters that are around your home or business for any debris that may be compromising its efficiency and integrity. Go around the perimeter and make sure that all is in order. Look for leaves, sticks, pine needles, dirt, or other possible litter such as paper or trash that could be blown in from the street. If you plan to do it yourself be aware that your gutters are situated at a high position on your home, so it is important to make sure you are in a secured position and any other tools you may use, such as a ladder, are also secured for safety. If possible ask a capable family member or friend to help you out.
Remove Additional Fire Hazards around Your Home
With summer comes hotter weather and in Troy, Michigan temperatures can reach as high as the 80s. Any debris that may be in your gutters or around your home can dry out very quickly and become the perfect tinder for a fire. Any spark or ember whether from a barbeque, out door fire pit, fireworks, or even a quick smoke break can be enough to start a fire that can destroy your home and endanger others. That is why gutter cleaning is important throughout the year.
Update Your Gutters
To help prevent any debris accumulating in your gutters, you may want to invest in a gutter guard. This covers your gutter to help prevent any debris accumulation while letting the water flow. This could greatly prevent possible fires from dry debris. Furthermore, you could upgrade your gutters to a seamless guttering system, which maximizes water flow and improves the efficiency of your drainage.
To learn more about gutter cleaning, gutter installation, or seamless gutters and downspouts, contact McLean Roofing and Siding at (248) 524-1111.