The fall is a beautiful time of year. The leaves are changing colors and falling to the ground. This can create issues with gutters though because the leaves get stuck in the drainage system. To keep water flowing away from your home, you need to keep leaf levels to a minimum. Here are some tips to prevent gutter clogs in the fall in Michigan.
Clean Your Gutters Right Before Fall
The two ideal times to clean your gutters is right before fall and right after fall. Before fall, you can catch all the debris that has fallen during the other months. After fall, you can clear out the leftover leaves so the melting winter snow has a path to follow. If you have not cleaned your gutters yet, now would be a great time to start.
Don’t forget to clean your downspouts and bends in your guttering where clogs are most likely to form. Use an outdoor hose to run water in your gutters after cleaning them, and make sure everything is flowing properly. If you see an issue somewhere, you can contact McLean Roofing and Siding for gutter repairs.
Install Gutter Guards
Gutter guards are a great way to prevent gutter clogs from fall leaves. The guards have small holes in them that allow water to pass through. The holes are not big enough for leaves to fit into, so the leaves just land on the guards and blow away. You will still need to clean your guttering even if you use gutter guards, but you will have far fewer clogs to worry about. You’ll mainly need to get rid of small twigs and other debris that may build up over time.
Cut Back Overhanging Tree Limbs
If you have tree limbs hanging over your roofing and gutters, trim them back. This won’t get rid of leaves on your roof, but it will reduce the volume of leaves that fall there. Most of the leaves will fall to the ground, keeping your gutters clear for water control.
Cutting off these overhanging tree limbs will also protect your roofing during the winter. The tree limbs may drip water onto the roofing that can turn into ice dams, or they may get heavy from snow and collapse on the roof. With a little bit of yard maintenance, you can keep your home and your family safe from harm.