When it comes to your gutter system, it might seem like you have nothing to do but let it do its job. However, this common misconception can cost you thousands of dollars worth of roof, siding, basement and even foundation repairs. So be sure to check up on your gutters as often as possible, and have gutter guards installed by a Wichita roofing company to avoid stray leaves and branches, as well as bird nests clogging up your gutter system.
Depending on the time of year, gutters can be affected in different ways. In the summer, places where there’s high precipitation can have homes that are greatly affected by water damage as a result of a clogged gutter. To keep your roof in good order, make sure you clean your gutters at least twice per year – once at the beginning of summer and once before winter.
In the winter, it’s important to check for ice dams. They can affect your gutters the most, since the presence of ice dams usually means water hasn’t been seeping through the gutters as easily, and it was allowed to freeze, causing its excessive weight to push down on your gutters and gutter guards. Clearing ice dams with salt and hot water is only part of the process. The rest is clearing your roof and gutter guards of any stray debris.