With winter right around the corner here in Wisconsin, it’s that time for the yearly ritual of prepping your gutter system for the bone-chilling cold to come. The fall / winter transition tends to be one of the more busy times of the year for a homeowner, especially in an area such as ours located at the Longitude / Latitude coordinates that we are. Gearing up for an Upper Midwest winter is no small task, with many rocks which cannot be left unturned.
One of the main exterior duties a homeowner should focus on during the fall / winter transition is clearing and securing their home’s gutter system. Failing to take care of this momentous liability will result in a lot more than the standard winter blues.
Cleaning and prepping your gutter system for the inevitable freeze may seem like a no-brainer, but trust us when we tell you that this is actually one of the most overlooked fall maintenance upkeep items.
Below you will find 3 useful tips for preparing your gutters for the hard-core Wisconsin winter.
YOU MAY BE ASKING YOURSELF, WHY?
Before we get into those helpful tips, let’s clarify some things so you know just how important it is to clean and prep your gutters.
Gutters and downspouts play an integral role in keeping your house from sustaining water damage both on the roof and within the foundation. This top-to-bottom attack is one of the reasons gutter systems are so important to holding the overall integrity of your home. Add in the fact that us Wisconsinites have to worry about water freezing within our downspouts and gutter shoots, and now you get a pretty clear picture of why gutter system maintenance is so important.
- Continually clear and clean your gutters during the fall to avoid gunk and compacted leaves from forming. Performing continual routine maintenance on your gutters during the fall will help you to keep debris from freezing and clogging your system once winter arrives. A leaf blower and pressure washer can be great tools for this, when used properly.
- Right before the first hard freeze of the winter, check to make sure all your gutters are properly attached to your house. Circling your property to check the stability of your gutter system will ensure that all the working parts of your gutters will be able to withstand the weight of the coming snow and harsh winds.
- Tend other areas of your property in the multiple months leading up to the fall / winter transition. Caring for your property and making sure that no hanging branches and overgrown greenage will encumbrance your gutters is a surefire way to keep leaves and debris out of your gutter system, thus saving you time during the fall with regards to maintenance.
While the tips above are only a small smattering of ways you can clean and tend your gutter system during the fall, Renew Roofing is always here to answer your questions and offer our services. Don’t hesitate to give us a call when you feel a professional’s advice and / or help is needed.