Whenever leaves begin to pile up in your gutters, it is more than just a mild inconvenience. Instead, leaves (or any other form of debris) can cause serious damage to your gutters, which can lead to significant damage to your home.
For instance, if leaves and debris create a blockage in your gutters, it can cause leaks to form. When leaks form, it often results in water damage to your house. The water damage caused by blocked gutters won’t be restricted to just your roof—this water can damage other areas of the house, including the structure of your home.
Water leaks can even cause mold or mildew to begin building up. Even if this mold goes unnoticed, it can still pose a health risk to everyone living inside your home. Those with allergies or other sensitivities will be at an even higher risk of mold-related health problems.
What’s the best way to avoid each of these problems from developing in the first place? First, you’ll need to keep your gutters as clean as possible and avoid letting debris pile up.
Here are some of the top ways to prevent leaves from building up in your gutters.
Perform regular maintenance
Regular maintenance on your gutters is essential if you’re looking to keep them in their best possible shape. In addition, if you’re performing a routine inspection, for instance, and a leak has formed due to a buildup of leaves, you can address the problem before it causes severe (and often expensive) damage to your home.
To have this maintenance performed as thoroughly as possible, consider hiring a professional, such as the roofers at Able Roof. You should be receiving these maintenance services twice per year.
During routine maintenance, be sure that your gutters are cleaned out thoroughly. This could involve using a garden hose, a leaf blower, a garden towel, a gutter cleaning kit, and more.
Install gutter screens
Gutter screens can make the cleaning process quite a bit easier—plus, they’re relatively easy to install.
These screens are an effective way to keep leaves (and other large items of debris) out of your gutters. Still, this doesn’t mean you should neglect routine cleanings. It’s still possible for smaller items of debris (such as asphalt granules from your roof) to pass through the gutter screen. In addition, pine needles and seeds might also need to be cleared from your gutters during manual cleanings.
Install surface-tension guards
Alternatively, you can install surface-tension guards to prevent leaves from entering your gutters. Water will cling to the guard’s rounded nose before it flows directly into the gutter. Leaves and other large items of debris, on the other hand, will fall over the edge. When you install a surface-tension guard, the guard’s slope should mimic your roof’s slope—this will make sure that the guard is as effective as possible.
In need of gutter maintenance or repair services in Central Ohio? Contact the roofing and gutter experts at Able Roof for assistance. You can even receive a free estimate.