Water removal can become extensive and expensive. But the good news is, most water damage can be prevented. One common way to prevent water damage is by cleaning your rain gutters. It’s easy for rain gutters to become filled with twigs, branches, leaves and other debris. When your rain gutter is full of debris, it prevents the water from flowing from your roof safely down to the street or lawn and away from your house. When rain gutters are clogged, the water can find its way inside your home, even causing mold and mildew problems if not caught and taken care of early on. Here are three gutter-related tasks you can do to protect your home from water damage.
Clean Your Rain Gutters
This is the easiest thing that you can do to protect your home. Set aside time regularly to clean your rain gutters out and remove all debris that has accumulated in them. For yards that don’t have trees, you can get away with cleaning out your rain gutters semi-annually. If you have trees, you’ll want to take the time to clean your rain gutters more frequently. When cleaning out your rain gutters, don’t forget to make sure that the downspouts are free of debris as well.
Secure Rain Gutters
After cleaning out your rain gutters, you’re going to want to check to make sure that they are securely attached to your home. Check all rivets for damage or rust as an unsecured rain gutter can cause a lot of damage.
If you have large trees in your yard, you’ll want to be proactive and prune any branches that hang over your roof. Often these larger trees will drop more branches, leaves, twigs, and other debris than you can keep up with. While it can be costly to have trees professionally pruned or removed, the investment will be worth it when you don’t have to worry about water damage!
If your rain gutters have already caused water damage to your home, the professionals at Entrusted can help with water removal and mitigation. Contact the experts at Entrusted today!