The winter time is coming up and before you and your family get ready for the winter months, it is important to look at what needs to be fixed or replaced around the exterior of your home. Overlooking the exterior could make it harder to get through the winter. With ice, water, and cold taking over the exterior of your home, if you overlook preparing it, you may have to spend an enormous amount of money for permanent damage done to your home or face serious health issues. One part of your home that is easily overlooked, but should be prepared thoroughly is your gutter. A clogged gutter can lead to many problems if it is left unclean, but fortunately there is a way to get it ready for the winter time.
Clear the Leaves and Debris Out of Your Gutter
In order to get your gutter ready for the hard winter months, you must first clear the leaves and debris that have made their way into it. Cleaning out the leaves will also mean cleaning out any insects or other rodents that have begun making a home in it. Once you clear it out you will begin to feel better about your gutter not being clogged up during those cold long months.
Repair Sagging Metal Gutters
If your gutter has begun to sag, then it is time to repair it. A sagging gutter means that it is a matter of time before the excess water begins to not drain properly and mosquitos begin to make that area of your home a hang out for breeding. However, once you repair your sagging gutter it will be less of a concern of where the water will go and a relief for the health of you and your family.
Add Gutter Covers or Gutter Guards
Once you have cleaned out your gutter or repaired the sagginess in it, putting a gutter guard on it before the winter time hits will best protect your gutter from leaves and ice. This means you will not have to worry about leaves or ice freezing and clogging it up or replacing it because of the damage that has been done to it and the other areas of your home.