hen you own a home, there are a number of steps to take to get your home ready for the winter season. Gutter maintenance is essential to allow water to drain safely away from your home and keep your property protected. From getting your gutters cleaned to checking the drainage surrounding your property, good maintenance will help keep your home safe from ice and water damage during the inclement weather.
Get Your Gutters Cleaned
If you aren’t able to clean your gutters on your own, have your gutters cleaned before the winter season. Debris in your gutters will prevent water from flowing freely away from your own and can cause big problems with ice buildup. Your first step in gutter maintenance for the winter is to get your gutters cleaned.
Look Over Your Drainage
Take a good walk around your property and make sure all of your down spouts are pointing away from your home. Look for areas where soil is touching siding, and check to see if water will be able to drain away from your foundation. If you have areas that create puddles when it rains near your foundation, change the grade of the area to get the water flowing away.
Make Repairs on Your Gutters
When a bracket is missing or a gutter is loose, this can cause problems with the drainage of your gutter system. If a gutter is pulling away from your house, this can cause water to get under your roof and into your home. Have a gutter specialist assess your gutter system and make any necessary repairs to keep your gutters working properly. When you ignore small gutter repairs, you can end up having much bigger problems because of water damage.
Extend Downspouts If Necessary
If water leaves your downspouts and drains too close to your home, this can cause a hazard if it freezes. Make sure that water isn’t being guided across your driveway or walkways so that you don’t have to worry about causing ice problems. Extend downspouts if necessary using temporary connections and keep the water away from your home.
Contact Weatherguard Gutters Today
When you need help with your gutters this winter season, it’s time to call Weatherguard Gutters. Contact us today and get a free estimate on the work that needs done on your home in Vancouver and the surrounding area. We have been providing quality gutter services for homes throughout the area for over 25 years and are ready to help you keep your home protected.